Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff - Hey, in the balance, it’s all small stuff!

Small: not large as compared with others of the same kind, not great in amount, degree, extent, duration, value, etc.
by Mike Corthell

We have incredible leverage if we learn not to let the little things in life make us lose our focus. Learning how to let life happen and respond calmly to it, rather than trying desperately to control what happens is where it's at baby.

I will give you an example. Let's take keeping up on current affairs, namely politics in this election year. Many people are glued to the news of it, either on TV, radio or the Internet. I tuned it out months ago, preferring a small summarized daily dose each morning or evening. (Bottom-line? Vote your conscience, God will take care of it.)

The reason, besides that it was very, very painful to watch that obscene circus, was that I realized that somehow by staying up to date on every detail of the news, I felt that I was controlling it or had some kind of control. I did control it  — by tuning it out.

I found that getting comfortable not knowing was a good idea. You just might agree with me. I suggest trying it on for size and seeing if it suits you.

So, I have shifted my focus this year to me and what I CAN do and do well.

I found that I can love well. I found that 'Life Is Good' by loving it, loving the people in it and by loving and worshiping the one who created it.

“As you put more emphasis on being a loving person, which is something you can control – and less emphasis on receiving love, which is something you can’t control – you’ll find that you have plenty of love in your life.”
— Richard Carlson

All those things that we watch, and experience in life, the things that we can't control, are the small things. The one BIG thing in life is who, what and how much we LOVE.

''God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.''
— Reinhold Niebuhr, the Serenity Prayer 

The basic difference between happy, hopeful, successful people and sad, 'unlucky' and unsuccessful people is that the happy people concern themselves with what they can do. The sad people concern themselves with everything else.

Get out there, love the world and all the life in it. That is what we were created to do. And do be very wary of your thinking because your thoughts do become YOUR reality and can become the reality of others.
''Let all your things be done with charity(love).'' — 1 Corinthians 16:14