Website owner: James Miller
What is the secret to achieving a happy, successful life? Finding happiness in life is largely a matter of strategy. One must choose the right strategies, make the right moves. Life is a game. One plays the game of life the way a general fights a battle or a chess player plays chess. What do I mean? I mean that life is a sequence of many decisions and actions and the content of one's life is determined to a very large extent by the decisions and actions that he makes. Selecting a life mate. That is a decision. It calls for judgment, good sense, intelligence. If you make a good choice it will contribute greatly toward a happy life; if you make a bad choice it will contribute greatly toward an unhappy life. The friends you select in life; the decision to stay away from alcohol or drugs or cigarettes; studying hard in school and going to college and getting a college degree; staying away from the opposite sex until you have completed college and have a good job; having a nice disposition and getting along with people; deciding not to have any children. These are all examples of the kinds of decisions and strategies that a wise and prudent person might employ in playing the game of life. A couple of things should be noted: 1. Many of the important decisions that decide the content of a person's life are made in youth (i.e. how happy or unhappy a person is later in life is often decided largely by the decisions and actions of his youth) 2. One can make all the wrong decisions and do all the wrong things just by following the unthinking path of doing what comes easy and natural (i.e. following the crowd, pursuing the way of pleasure, etc.); to make the right decisions calls for intelligence, foresight, prudence, wisdom, self-discipline, perseverance and character. May 1986 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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