There's plenty 2016 left but I've already had my best year ever and also my most painful year ever. If I can share with you one insight, it's that pain and happiness CAN coexist. Possibly the most harmful part of our bullshit cultural climate is our being fed that life should be comfortable and painless. Follow that path and see how fulfilled you feel on your deathbed.

Growth, gratitude, and giving will lead you to fulfillment. And growth hurts. Gratitude takes patience and focus. Giving's often not easy.

I believe someday we can attain a state in our lives where growth, gratitude and giving become so second nature that they no longer pain us, but not without great pain in our wake. Accept pain, expect pain and take it with a big smile because you know you're following the path to great strength and wisdom.