Though this is addressed to young people I think it applies to all those called by Christ to be like a child. I read it from a friend's Facebook post, and came back to it while contemplating other things:
"We, who by the grace of God are Catholics, must not squander the best years of our lives as so many unhappy young people do, who worry about enjoying the good things in life, things that do not in fact bring any good, but rather the fruit of immorality in today's world. We must prepare ourselves to be ready and handle the struggles we will have to endure to fulfill our goals. [...] But, in order for this to happen we need the following: constant prayer to obtain God's grace, without which our efforts are vain, organisation, and discipline [...] and finally we need to sacrifice our own desire because without this we will not achieve our goal." -Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati
Part of preparing can simply be recognizing the inevitable resurrection , refraining from even the slightest evil, and embracing whole-heartedly even the slightest good.
Not that I'm some sort of expert, but one of my vices is irregular sleep. Part of my abstinence was to simply pray and wait till the appropriate hour before letting go for the night.
Rene Girard said that what the churches often don't emphasize enough is that human beings like drama, that we like to see ourselves as the protagonist in an epic struggle against evil, and that what the gospels reveal--in large part--is that this is true, for each and every one of us; And ' that that was something he found very encouraging
I believe in the hero in you Maryjane :0]