I hope the readers of my story will benefit from seeing a glimpse of how growing up poor can mold a person, as well as facing challenges in life. Working hard may be new to the current generation, at least not most had it the way I did growing up. It takes hard work to succeed in life. Hard work is honorable and builds character. The Bible says in Colossians 3:23, "Whatsoever you do, do it heartily as unto the Lord." In 2 Thessalonians 3:10, it says, "If any man will not work, neither should he be allowed to eat."I also hope that when people have problems and hardships, they will have a positive attitude, that they will persevere and work through it and not give up. I believe that after reading this book, they will be more appreciative of what they have when seeing what life is like for the poor and that you don't have to stay poor. There are so many opportunities to be prosperous in this country if you set your mind to it and work for it. Also, pay as you go and stay out of debt as much as possible. Be honest when dealing with people. Also, try to pay your bills on time and do unto others as you'd have them do to you. Treat others as you would like them to treat you--with love and kindness. There is an old tale worth mentioning and pondering further that goes like this:Tale of Two WolvesA wise elder Cherokee told his grandson, "My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and truth."The boy thought about it and asked, "Grandfather, which wolf wins?"The old man quietly replied, "The one you feed."We all have this dichotomous struggle that occurs daily. Which wolf do you choose to feed? Can you open your heart and your personal belief system to practice the good? These are the things I learned along the way. I'm still learning, so keep me in your prayers, and I hope, with the Lord by your side, you will also learn to fly.