Balanced Mind,  Health

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff or Should You?

Have you ever heard the saying, “Don’t sweat the small stuff”? If you have, I wonder if you ever thought about what it actually means. There have been books about it, even telling you not to do it. Not to sweat the small stuff in love, in life, and even in business. But is it really true? Some think that if we live our lives worrying about minor things, then we are merely compounding them.

They tell you to ask yourself if this small thing will matter a year from now, Or even when you are on your death bed looking back on it. But what if you just ignored all of that small stuff and did nothing? Then would it all just go away? Or would you actually be compounding the actual problem at hand by ignoring it? I am here to tell you that it is all just a matter of perspective.

The power of perspective is that it has the ability to change how you think about the small stuff. If the small stuff is blown entirely out of proportion due to an intense focus that you may have on it, causing you pain, then a change of perspective might be needed in order to see that the real problem might be your thinking. Your mind can make anything as big or as small as you wish for it to be. But after reading Andy Andrews’s books, The Noticer and The Noticer Returns, I have learned a new way to think about the small stuff. He explains in his book that the small stuff makes up all of the big stuff.

So if you are having a problem, well, maybe you need to look at it in a different way. But if it is your whole life, then the small stuff really does matter. Because your life is made up of small instances of your life, and when you put them all together, it makes up your life. For example, I want to be a great writer, so that means that all of the small things that I do each day will add up to make me become a good writer.

And if I want to be a good friend, then every day that I honor my friendships by being kind and spending good quality time with my friends and being appreciative of them matters and will hopefully lead to me having great friends. However, if every day I do not honor my friends by me being ugly to them, not appreciating them, and not respecting them, then all of the small stuff will add up to me not having any friends at all.

And if I do not write and I do not do all of the small things that are required of me to become a good writer well, then you know where I am going with this story, right? So, while you maybe should not sweat all of the minor problems in your life, you might want to sweat all of your actions. You might ask yourself if all of your efforts are good ones? Or at least ask if your actions are leading you in the direction you want your whole life to go? As Andy Andrews put it, “Your life is like brush strokes on a blank canvas, and each small stroke makes up the big picture of your life.” We at Savour would love to hear your thoughts. For more insight, please follow us in the stable mind section of our blog.