If we insist that public life be reserved for those whose personal history is pristine, we are not going to get paragons of virtue running our affairs. We will get the very rich, who contract out the messy things in life the very dull, who have nothing to hide and nothing to show and the very devious, expert at covering their tracks and ambitious enough to risk their discovery.
If we never experience the chill of a dark winter, it is very unlikely that we will ever cherish the warmth of a bright summer’s day. Nothing stimulates our appetite for the simple joys of life more than the starvation caused by sadness or desperation.
In the end the aggressors always destroy themselves, making way for others who know how to cooperate and get along. Life is much less a competitive struggle for survival than a triumph of cooperation and creativity.
In the journey of life, you'll always meet some people who will try to bring you down, tell bad things about you behind your back, humiliate or insult you in public, and make you feel small. Do not let them win, at any cost. Illegitimi non carborundum. Think of those mean and rude people as the sand paper that may scratch you, but at the end you'll come out smooth, polished and shining. And guess what? Those mean and rude people will just get worn out, dirtier, filthier and uglier than they were before criticizing you. You're the wonderful Winner who takes it all, and they're the lousy Losers standing small. You will be the one to laugh last and the longest. Cheer up, my friend.
It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters.