Courtesy and consideration for others are important aspects of any relationship. Thinking about the other person, putting yourself in their shoes, is the first step towards understanding them. Being understood is something that everyone wants. Each trying to understand the other balances the relationship. Honesty, integrity, honor, respect, and empathy are all traits I value, both in myself and in the people around me. Our own happiness is more dependent upon our own choices and perspective than on any other person. We have a responsibility to ourselves and to those around us to either be happy with those things in our life that we can control or to be taking steps toward the place that we think we will be happy. It's all up to us; nobody can do it for us. I try to take care of myself and stay fit, swimming, biking, hiking, running and working out (its an Army thing ). I think everybody should find something they enjoy and do it as often as they feel like it. I think living is learning and learning is living. You can't stop doing one without stopping the other. I have a lot left to learn.