These letters to the editor share personal philosophies that guide their lives. One author finds inspiration in teachings from Hillel the Elder, the Dalai Lama, and Marcus Aurelius. Another follows his mother’s philosophy of “it could be worse,” and another reflects on the importance of recognizing the unimportance of most things in life. Another person is motivated by Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise,” while someone else follows their mother’s advice to be kind and generous. Another person was inspired by a quote about rejection motivating reaching out and helping others. Finally, one writer aims to make the world a kinder and happier place while prioritizing self-care. The pandemic and personal struggles have put these philosophies to the test, but all have served as guiding lights in their lives.