Know your limits; this applies to most things in life. If you are going swimming in the ocean, know how far you can swim so that you don’t end up exhausted and unable to swim back to shore.
Know how much irritation you are willing to tolerate so that you know when to walk away.
Know your strengths and weaknesses; your strengths will be needed to help with your weaknesses and your weaknesses can be changed into strengths, given enough time and attention. Note that these will be ever-changing, as you age, grow and mature.
Know your enemies. They need not be human; think of greed, vanity, delusion, ignorance or pride.
Know your friends. Think humility, kindness, love, empathy, compassion and grace.
Know your source of faith. God, Goddess, Zeus, Buddha, Allah, Jesus Christ, or Lady Gaga. Catholic Church, Church of Scientology or Church of the Ever-Lasting Gobstopper…whatever you draw on to help get you through each day.
Know your heart’s desire, so when it is presented to you, you will know to hold on to it and treasure it for the gift that it is.
Know when to offer help and know when it is time to step away.
Know your Self.
Know your Past Self, to see how far you’ve come,
Know your Present Self, to chart the course and adjust the sails when storms try to take you off that course; and
Know your Future Self, for you are creating it with each and every thought and action.
Know that you are more precious than you will ever know, imperfect and flawed as you may think you are, even in this moment.
Know that you may never get the answer to the question “Why?” but also
Know that you should never stop asking it.
Know not everyone will agree with the choices you make, but also
Know that it is your life you’re living, not theirs.
Know that before you can obtain forgiveness from others, you must first forgive yourself.
Know that sometimes our worst fears become our greatest victories; our darkest, most dismal times become the catalyst for our greatest transformations and reinventions of self.
Know that no matter what you are going through, this too shall pass. Remember the good times because they will pass just as the bad times. Each has a lesson, a gift for you so recognize it as such.
Know that it’s not the getting knocked down so much as the getting back up that counts.