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“Don’t sweat the small stuff.”
How often have you heard that? Maybe you’ve even said it yourself when you see someone mired in details instead of focusing on the big picture.
Well, “they” and you, have a good point!
It’s so easy to get caught up in all the little things that stress us out and ruin our day. We get upset over the fact that someone else took the last good parking spot, or that the grocery store is out of our favorite brand of cereal. One detail out of wack and the whole day feels like it’s ruined.
OR we can choose to not make a big deal out of it and turn small irritations into positives. It takes a little practice to see the positive side of irritations but practice makes perfect.
Having to park further away means we get to exercise a little and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine for a couple of minutes while we stroll into the office. It’s also an easy way to get your steps in and your body will love you for the movement.
Not being able to find our favorite cereal, means we get a chance to try something new that we may like even better. Maybe even try some of those overnight oat jars you’ve been hearing so much about.
There are always two sides to any situation and it’s up to us how we decide to view it. We’re not talking about real life crises here, just the mundane irritations that happen nearly every day.
Make it a goal to find the bright side, even if it’s a stretch at first, and watch your happiness and contentment go up. Then take it a step further and start to really pay attention to all the good things around you. It’s human nature to notice the irritants in our day. But when was the last time you noticed the hundred and one beautiful things that pass by you?
I’m serious. There’s a lot of value in noticing all the positive things around you.
There’s a lot of tiny little things around you that will put a smile on your face, if you take the time to notice them. Make it a habit to spend some of your downtime this week to savor them.
Notice how your cup of coffee smells, how it warms your hands on a cool morning, and how it tastes. Pay attention to the birds outside your window and notice how watching them and their antics around the bird feeder makes you smile. Appreciate the hug your husband gives you when he gets home from work. In other words, savor all the little things that make you happy. They are small things, but they add up to a very happy life. You just have to make the time to notice them.
Over the coming weeks, make it a goal to notice and savor the little things in your life that make you feel good and don’t let the small unimportant things bring you down.
It won’t take long before this simple exercise will have you looking at your life in a far better way.
One of my favorite books is It’s The Little Things, by Craig Wilson. In it, he groups stories of finding joy in the small things in life by seasons. It’s guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and to have you looking around you in a different way!