When I was in college, like most young adults, I was struggling to find myself and to just be happy with myself and who I am. A friend gave me this piece of paper with “Steps To Happiness I Now Know”. It helped me to read it during rough times. I came across it recently and wanted to share it. My hope is that it will help someone else.


“Steps To Happiness I Now Know” 

(Author unknown)

I can’t be all things to all people.

I can’t do all things at once.

I can’t do all things equally well.

I can’t do all things better than everyone else.

My humanity is showing just like everyone else’s.


I have to find out who I am and be that.

I have to decide what comes first and do that.

I have to discover my strengths and use them.

I have to learn not to compete with others.

Because no one else is in the contest of *being me*.


I will have to learn to accept my own uniqueness.

I will have to learn to set priorities and make decisions.

I will have to learn to live with my limitations. 

I will have to learn to give myself the respect that is due.

And I’ll be a most vital mortal.

Dare To Believe:

That I am a wonderful unique person.

That I am a once-in-all-history event.

That it’s more than a right, it’s my duty, to be who I am.

That life is not a problem to be solved, but a gift to cherish.

And I’ll be able to stay one up on what used to get me down.