John Steinbeck is best known for his wondrous writings like The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden and Of Mice and Men (the latter being my personal favorite). However, Steinbeck was also a prolific writer of letters — letters he packed to the brim with beautiful insightful gems.

In this particular letter I’m about to share with you, he is writing to his eldest son Thom, who at the time was struggling with a common quagmire…