This post is inspired by Sing Like Sassy, who has been a graceful butterfly on stormy days.

Choose happiness. Sometimes life gets in the way and I forget to do this. Thanks for the reminder, Sing.

Teach people how to treat you. If you don’t like something, say something. If they don’t listen, move on.

To be rich is to have a full life. Simone and Nadia remind me of this each and every day.

There is no such thing as good luck or bad luck. Everything happens for a reason.

Money doesn’t buy class. Oh, how I wish it did. There would be so many more classy people in the world. I have found that those with the most class have little or no money at all.

Bad things don’t happen to good people. You know why? Because good people find something positive in every experience, learn from it and move on.

Say what you mean; mean what you say. I won’t lie to you, so please don’t lie to me.

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Enough said.

When someone shows you who she really is, believe her the first time. Maya Angelou said this to Oprah Winfrey, and it is my all-time favorite quote. It has saved me from wondering why some people do the things they do.