Dread is a cousin of worry. All it does is amplify the pain. Instead of dreading, try to cultivate endurance.
I’ve just mentioned endurance. This leads me to another useful bit of advice: plow around the stump. By this I mean, you are going to come to times when there are obstacles in your life that will be hard to move. Really hard, i.e. moving them would require a lot of time, effort and expense that you could use for other things. In cases such as these, accommodate yourself. If it comes to a point that you need to use dynamite to get it out, then be careful with the dynamite.
To close with the most important piece of advice, for the overwhelming bulk of you, choose a good spouse and be good to them. Everything else I’ve said pales in comparison.
Bobby Winters, a native of Harden City, is assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of mathematics at Pittsburg State University. He blogs at redneckmath.blogspot.com and okieinexile.blogspot.com. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. We invite you to “like” the National Association of Lawn Mowers on Facebook.