The choice to be a better person and rise beyond a given expectancy will always be a difficult objective, but can be achieved. However, no matter what troubles or misfortunes a person may have endured or faced, none can come close to the challenges of another. The upmanship of misery is endless.
While cleaning my desk recently, I happened across a favorite essay, Building Character for a Better Life, tattered from travel and revered for years. It was a soothing aid in days of perplexity; sprinkled with truisms that helped temper the reflection I saw in the mirror each day.