A friend once told me that I needed to take little steps to improve my life. It didn't go over well when he said it, either.
You see, I perceive my life as being more challenging than his. But that isn't fair, really, to either of us. Everyone has their own life complete with its own challenges and difficulties. Who am I to measure my challenges against his own? What looks easy to one, may seem completely impossible to another. What seems like the obvious solution to one, may not even appear on the chart of possibilities to the other.
It is often easy to look at another's life and see the changes they could make that would improve their lot. The necessary changes are not so easy to observe when you are looking at your own life. Probably because we see our life without objectivity. I know the pain and heartache that has led me down the path I've found myself on, the path I've chosen. So I also know how hard it will be to walk back up that path one little step at a time.
Friends can point to the little steps we can take to improve our lives. The challenge lies in being open to those suggestions and then actually taking that first step forward.