Saturday, January 1, 2011
Not going to sweat the small stuff
As trite as it sounds, I think my one real resolution this year is to not sweat the small stuff. And as my daughter points out (more triteness coming), it really is almost all small stuff.
I had a great boss once (then a lawyer, now a judge), who really embodied this practice. When something would go wrong, he'd let off with a string of epithets that would wither a sensitive soul. And then he was done with agonizing and was on to the practical problem-solving.
I have tried to adopt some of this approach in my own life - to get past any worry, frustration, anger, and other negative emotions that tend more to debilitate than to help any situation. I've been relatively successful with getting on with the problem-solving phase quickly, and I am good at letting go of anger to the point that I honestly rarely even feel anger anymore. But it has been hard to let go of the worrying.
This is something I really want to focus on this year. And as a born worrier, this will be a real challenge.