I received a little book called “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” by Richard Carlson, Ph. D. as a gift a few years ago and I absolutely love it! Every time I pick it up and read a chapter, I realize how much time I spend on all the little things. We all have much to contend with on a daily basis but enjoying our day is often overlooked by all the small stuff that comes our way.
Richard Carlson shares the following:
When our intention is to become more patient, forgiving, lighthearted, and better listeners, we can do that. When our wish is to slow down, smell the roses, cut ourselves and others more slack, we can do that, too. We can also become more loving, compassionate, humble, generous, philosophical, inwardly peaceful, and “present”. All of this, and so much more, is simply a matter of perspective – and, of course, a little practice.
Some of his suggestions include:
- Make Peace with Imperfection
- Do Something Nice for Someone Else and Don’t Tell Anyone About It
- Let Others Have the Glory
- Ask Yourself, Will This Matter a Year From Now?
- Once a Week, Write a Heartfelt Letter
- Think of What You Have Instead of What You Want
- Learn to Live in the Present Moment
“Life has always been, and will always be, a gift. In the absence of excess irritation and frustration, it’s easier to experience it that way. As our stress is reduced, and as we feel less overwhelmed, the magic of life is renewed. We can see and experience the beauty that can often become invisible. As this happens, our relationships get better, our work becomes more interesting, and we are, most of the time, at peace.”
I recently began sharing this book with as a reminder to slow down and enjoy our day without “sweating the small stuff.” I hope you enjoy yours!.
CC DeGraff, Executive Director