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08 January 2009

I do not sweat the small stuff

I do not sweat the small stuff

Little things that are happening around me cause me no concern.

I maintain a calm feeling in my daily life and I can handle the little things that go awry around me. Often when things happen that are out of my control I can look at them and laugh at the irony of the situation. I have room in my life for a few stray incidents.

Life is interesting and things happen every day that are out of my control. This is okay; it adds to the interest. I can remain calm when little incidents happen because they do not hinder my day or my life in any way that I cannot manage.

Often the little incidents that happen are kind of funny. Today I can find the humor in these situations. I can remain calm throughout these situations because I have a base of calmness that surrounds me.

I seek out a calm state of mind on a daily basis; this helps me to avoid unnecessary worry over the little things that happen in life. I surround myself in a blanket of calmness by getting the rest that I need, avoiding over-scheduling, and allowing myself to enjoy my hobbies. This blanket of calmness protects me from life's little upsets.

Today I will make sure I am surrounded by my protection of calmness and will be able to endure life's little quirks and upsets. I will remain calm, regardless of what may come. I will learn to laugh instead of worry.

Self-Reflection Questions:


1.    Have I covered myself in a blanket of calmness?
2.    Have I sought out the humor in life’s little upsets?
3.    Have I taken an initiative to remain calm?
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In Section: Personal reflection - This article belongs to category: Exercises

I fully let go of the desire to change my family. I love and respect them as they are

Because I recognize that the Creator made each of us unique for a purpose, I let go of the desire to change my family. I see the beauty in each one of them and love and respect them as they are.

I let go of the tendency to view my children as pawns, put on Earth for my personal happiness and fulfilment. Instead, I recognize that they are a trust from Above and that they have been loaned to me for a brief time while they develop into their purpose.

While it's true that loving them and watching them grow brings me great joy, they are not the source of my happiness. I have a purpose that includes them but extends far beyond them.

They, too, have a purpose that extends beyond me. I let go of the wish to bend them to meet my desires, knowing that doing so would minimize their potential. I love them so much that I can release them to find and to be their own best selves.

The same holds true for my spouse. After years of sharing a roof (a table, a bed, a bank account...), it is easy to forget the appeal of this person I chose to be my partner. I remind myself, often and consciously, of the qualities that drew me to this person in the first place.

While I value communication and recognize the importance of addressing issues in a kind and timely manner, I focus on finding solutions that accommodate my spouse's natural character. This focus is important to me because I recognize and respect the value of that which God created.

Self-Reflection Questions:

1.    Do I value my family as they are?
2.    Do I minimize my children's potential by trying to bend them to my wishes?
3.    Do I consciously remind myself of those qualities which drew me to my spouse?
 

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