Life is simple.
Now, before you all freak out over that statement, hear me out. I didn’t say life was easy, I said it was simple. There is a GIANT difference between the two, but the problem is most people don’t understand it.

Most of you get up and have the same program 5 days a week. A morning pee, eat some breakfast, get the kids ready, read the paper, walk the dog, brush your teeth, and off to work or your responsibilities around the house. It’s kind of Groundhog Day for most of you, five days a week.

You all know what the day will bring, whether you are a school teacher or baker, mechanic or lawyer, florist or cashier, or a nurse or computer tech. Whatever your profession is, you do basically the same thing five days a week, and some of you even seven. Stay at home parents are the same, changing diapers, grocery store runs, picking up the house, or visiting the sick and elderly in the community. Whatever it is, you all have the same program most of the time. You know what you are going to do and what to expect as a result. That, my friends, is a simple life. You know your income and your expenses, you know the schedule and the program, you have the map, and you simply must just go about your business and do what you have always done.

Now that you see what I mean about simplicity I want you to understand that does not mean it will be easy. Running kids to dance at 5:30 am, feeding a screaming baby at 3:00 am, carpooling four elementary kids, doing eight loads of laundry while chasing a two and four-year old, lifting 80 pound bags of concrete, answering customer service calls all day, teaching 30 restless 1st-graders, baking 400 cupcakes, or fixing countless computers, none of this is easy. We all have challenges in life with our day to day obligations. What it all comes down to is doing things your way; doing what brings you happiness and joy. I have yet to meet a person that does not find happiness by doing things their own way.

My code is simple: LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT. It really is that simple. We choose our paths and when there is a bump or a block in the road we choose how to deal with it. It’s not always easy, but it is always our choice. Now sometimes we are our own worst enemy. We do things that bring us down or cause ourselves pain and suffering. Sometimes life throws us a massive curveball. But, in the end, we decide how we deal with ALL of life’s challenges. We can make life simple, even if it is the hardest thing we have ever done. We choose our spouses. We choose how many kids we have. We choose where we live. We choose where we work and we choose our friends. If you don’t like any of those remember: YOU CHOOSE THEM.

I have always told people that I’m not trading anyone jobs. That means I have chosen a profession, a way to provide for myself and my responsibilities that are second to none. I have made my life simple.

Be happy and smile. Serve your neighbor and don’t take more from life than you give. Don’t impose your will on your neighbors and expect the same in return. The government – whether on a city or state or federal level – is not the answer to your happiness or good fortune. YOU row your own boat. Sometimes you must row up stream and that is hard, but it is always simple. Life is sometimes difficult, but it is harder when you look to others to solve your problems. Life is what you make it.

This is my code, and it’s one that has brought a lot of joy and happiness to my life.

Life really is simple.