When you decide to do something, do you do it with confidence and conviction? When you are tossed out of your comfort zone, how do you react? A comfort zone may be a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there. Hey, I’m uncomfortable even if I’m in my comfort zone.

“You are the Monday of my life.” Uh, oh. So, some people don’t like you, but what can you do? Not everyone has good taste. How many people in your life truly accept you? He says he loves you, yet he dismisses your feelings. She regularly reminds you how inaccurate your emotional responses are. Well, all of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.

One day, you’re the best thing since sliced bread. The next, you’re toast. You know the feeling. You imagine scenarios in your head that have a two-percent chance of actually happening. Who couldn’t use a bit of fancy and fantasy right about now? Ah, the magic power of imagination and escapism. Logic can get you from A to Z. Imagination can take you anywhere. It is your magic carpet. The truth is that it is the only weapon in the war against reality.

Things are getting worse. Please send more chocolate. When life gives you lemons, throw them back and demand chocolate. Put “eat chocolate” at the top of your list of things to do today. That way at least you’ll get one thing done. But the truth is that change is a constant part of our lives – sometimes not for the better. How, oh how, do we continue to adjust? As soon as you sort of got used to, or reluctantly accepted, the latest development, it changed again.

Snoozed your alarm, skipped breakfast, and raced out the door again? There you are: rubbing your eyes and yawning all the way to the train. Does it take you three days to wake up in the morning? Good morning. Has anyone seen my good mood? Do you awaken feeling bright, brisk, and on the ball, or more like the walking dead? Perhaps it’s time to check your daily morning routine. You know how I feel. If people were meant to pop out of bed, we’d all sleep in toasters.

Hmmm. Do you feel valued and appreciated? By whom? What is more priceless than the feeling that you truly matter to someone? Other than eating chocolate, of course. Then again, the flavonoids, theobromine, and caffeine in chocolate are known to improve alertness and mental skills. Heck, nobody knows the truffles I’ve seen. You know what they say: Chocolate is G-d’s apology for broccoli.  Truthfully, feeling appreciated or highly regarded lifts you up and spurs you on like little else.