I haven't written anything on this blog for quite a long time now. It's not that I did not have anything to say. On the contrary, there has been a lot on my mind, and that was the problem. Life sometimes can be tough, very tough. But I am definitely not the kind to sit and complain about life. I know some people do and perhaps enjoy doing that; I once had a graduate assistant who had a blog which was all about—in his own words—"bitching about life." I don't mean to say that I have never felt overwhelmed by the challenges that life has offered—I have. Sometimes, during moments of weakness, I have felt that life has been a little too unfair on me and given me a larger share of problems. But on second thought I have realized that many of the greatest souls on earth always had more than their fair share of problems. It is the life's unfair share of problems that helped transform these otherwise ordinary beings into great ones. I have no delusions about becoming a great man, but I now know that life's problems provide opportunities for us to become better, tougher, and greater than what we were before. So, I am thankful to life for the problems it throws my way, and I say "Give me more." "Life, I know how to deal with you; you may beat me down for a while, but I will always be back on my feet... jumping and kicking higher."