Regardless of our past, we can now make a choice for our future. If we are determined to work on ourselves honestly and intelligently much worthwhile growth can take place. Honesty is required because we have to learn to take care of ourselves in the best possible way; intelligence is required because there are many obstacles to overcome. Unless we are relentlessly honest, ultimately we will cheat ourselves by trying to cover up our mistakes or trying to escape our difficulties, rather than confronting ourselves and bringing about meaningful change. If we want to attain inner peace an balance, we must begin with honesty.