Think ahead, be in the moment, and yet reflect on the past. [That's a neat trick but it is worth learning.] Yes, reflect on the past, but don't nurse wounds or let your steps be entangled with regrets. Look for lessons, not grievances. Take time to think, but not too much for we all have deadlines and excessive thought can be procrastination in expensive clothes. Consider not just what you think of things but how you do so. Your compass may be broken. Beware of people who peddle envy. Their prescriptions will do you no good. Given the choice of freedom or security, choose freedom. Security can be a prison. Remember that institutions aren't as strong as the people who lead them. They are as strong as the incentives and restraints that govern the people who lead them, for even the most well-intentioned can go astray. Beware of basing actions on sudden emotions but pay careful attention to your intuition. It can be transmitting a signal from years of experience. Value good friends. They are rare. To understand their worth, try being one.