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One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things. – John Burroughs
The quote above is a lesson in self improvement, self help, stress management, health, and happiness. I think everyone should write this quote down on an index card and place it in the place they’ll see it the most often – on the refrigerator, by your desk, on your bathroom mirror… Small things (like the ones listed below) simply aren’t worth getting riled up over:
- A leaking faucet.
- Finding yourself low on gas.
- The cost of gas.
- A driver who pulls out in front of you.
- A barking dog.
- Having to run to the store for butter or milk.
- Your team losing a game.
- The server not bringing your refill as quickly as you’d like.
- A slow internet connection.
- And so on….
Think about it – these things are so trivial, they’re almost funny! Yet how many times do people get hot and bothered over these very things… and often things even sillier. Recently, my husband and I were eating at an Outback in Nashville, Tennessee (Amazing food!). A group came in and were seated in a booth, by the window no less. One of the women got ticked off because they didn’t get to choose their own booth. There were only a handful available anyway!
If a person can get to the place where small things barely even register a response from them, they’ll be happier than they have ever been. What’s more, they’ll experience stress so rarely that they’ll think they’ve been given a new lease on life. We spend a great deal of emotions needlessly on small things. Then when then the larger problems arise – we don’t have much left in our tank. The larger problems overwhelm us because we’re spent!
Start challenging yourself to handle life’s small disappointments and setbacks better. Amaze everyone around you by smiling and even laughing when something cooky happens. Several great things will happen: You’ll feel happier and more relaxed. What’s more, anyone who sees you handling life’s little annoyances this way will think, “Wow. I want to be more like that!” Before you know it, you and everyone you know will enjoy a much happier and calmer life.
Worth trying, right?! The next time something starts to register on your stress scale, take a deep breath. Then ask yourself, “What if this is the worst thing that happens to me this week?” The diminutive nature of the problem will leave you amazed and probably even laughing!
Make each moment count double,