Taking Life in Stride | Tips for More Internal Zen

Taking life in stride might seem like an impossible task, but it isn’t.

Life as we all know is hard as hell, and there are more things that go wrong than that go right.

But even with that statement, we set ourselves up for failure. Since no matter what we do or say, we always will have that thought in the back of our head “Well more goes wrong than right”, well wrong. There are plenty of things that go amazingly, but sometimes those are overlooked. Stress is a huge factor in all of this as well. But learning to take life in stride is the biggest win that you can do for yourself.

The First Step

Making that first step is always going to be the hardest, especially with years of negative thinking and sheep-ish behavior when it comes to your mindset. Yes, things are hard, and always will be hard, but that is no excuse. We can always go back, and let everything follow, be like everyone else. That isn’t what I did. I decided it was time to just make my own path. Creating the way rather than feeling guilty or bad for myself.

I’ve came to understand that things aren’t as they seem. When life throws some crazy stuff at you, take it in stride. It happens, so why sit here and dwell on the things that we cannot control. But what we can control is our thinking, and the way of life that we are living. Internally, we have a constant battle going on (I know I definitely have an all out war) but figuring out what is going to be the right path, can take a lifetime of figuring things out. But that is the beauty of it, you will find your inner peace in the journey to take things in stride.

I never will say that Internal Zen is easy to find, because it isn’t. I still struggle to find the right things to do, and to say, and to feel. But that is a part of that journey. Taking things in stride is tough, especially when you have the wrong mentality.

Understanding the Situation

Lets put things into a bit of perspective:

Right now, I am going through the wonderful journey of being a first time dad, with our Baby’s due date 2 days before my birthday in November. Going into this, my Girlfriend has two boy’s of her own. I don’t have any experience with raising kids or being a parent at all. Let me tell you, stepping into a child’s life when they aren’t yours or haven’t been raised around you is the hardest thing in the world. I came from a separated family as a kid as well, so I know what it is like on that front. But being the parent is harder than anything, I especially have the utmost respect for my step-dad and all that he did for me and still does.

But with all the figuring things out, and how to be a parent, My first blood child is on the way, and they aren’t waiting for me to be ready!

All of this just keeps a constant reality check for me.

Which is why I have to be on my A Game all the time. Especially with a thousand different project and business ventures going on, things aren’t easy!

But this is something that I want all of you to understand is that it all takes time, things will not be easy. But if you take things in stride, you internal zen will definitely be balanced enough that way you can put your best foot forward. Conquer life, and keep things moving. No matter what your situation, things can always be worse.

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Dustin Meyer

Free thinking, somewhat radical, and very passionate. Take a trip through the mind of the creator and dreamer behind The Evolutionary Mind.


  1. Couldn’t have put it better! Changing one’s mindset is the key component to personal growth and well-being and it’s important to understand that nothing changes in a day. Great read! Cheers!

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