Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

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Did anyone else have a crazy week last week or was it just me? I feel like I’m tangled in to-do lists that never seem to end. The days are getting shorter and add packing, traveling, and preparing thanksgiving meals on top and our lists can almost get out of control.

This past weekend I was at my fiancé’s grandparents’ anna-sweat-small-stuff-1024x640house celebrating all that I have to be thankful for, and this sweet book was laying on the table. The title of the book was “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s All Small Stuff, Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life” by Richard Carlson. I thought to myself, how funny, this is exactly what I need to read. So, after spending about 30 minutes flipping through the pages of much needed advice, I thought I needed to enjoy the presence of each other’s company.

The quote that stood out most to me was “So many people spend so much of their lives sweating the small stuff that they completely lose touch with the magic and beauty of life.” I realized that I was one of those people. I am always looking forward to the next thing, when in reality, I need to be savoring each moment and not worrying about what might or might not happen next. Sometimes the magic and beauty can be hidden by the tinsel that need to be hung, the trees that we need to decorate, or the presents that need to be wrapped. This book helped me realize that I need to stop and enjoy the lights, the trees and the aromas of this holiday season.

So, as the book says, calm down, live in the present moment, let others have the glory at times, lower your tolerance to stress, trust your intuitions, and ultimately live each day as if it might be your last, because this time of year has so much beauty and magic. Let’s take it all in and savor this season.