Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff – but DO save your energy for the Big Stuff!
Don’t Sweat the Small stuff; but do save your energy for the Big stuff!
Best Selling Author Richard Carlson, PhD wants me to believe that not only should I not sweat the “Small Stuff” that in fact, it is “all Small Stuff.” As a mother who lost her eldest son to suicide at 17 years old, I can’t get my head around the concept of it all being “small stuff.” More broadly, it is virtually impossible to listen to or read the news and not be aware of the many challenges that so many of our fellow humans are experiencing in this country and around the world at this current point in history.
So what are we to do?
As a starting point, it may be helpful to create two lists – List #1 being “The BIG STUFF” and List #2 being “The Small Stuff.”
For me, “The Big Stuff” includes my immediate family (husband and son) as well as my relatives and friends. I also put my coaching clients in the “Big Stuff” category. Often times these women hire me to help them sort through what is in their “Big Stuff” category – loss of child or other close relative, loss of employment, considering a career change, unhappy in their marriage, or other meaningful personal relationships.
Once we’ve created the “Big Stuff” list, it becomes much more apparent how small the “Small Stuff” can be, and that it fact, it is not worth sweating over – and NOT sweating, particularly for those of us who are experiencing the joy of menopause, is a really big stuff!