Life's Mosquitoes
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Life’s mosquitoes are all the little bugs that occur everyday to distract and annoy us. There is a great expression that I refer to often ‘Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff’ I do not know who originally said it, but it is even the title of a book by Richard Carlson, PhD, and also many articles.

If you truly want a happier life, then do not worry or get annoyed about the myriad of small annoyances that lie there in wait for us everyday.

The bus is late. Your watch is slow. The toothpaste is squeezed from the top. The person next to you in the movies is a leg jiggler. Bad Manners. People ignoring my rights on the road. People honking their horn. Inconsiderate drivers like tailgaters. Kids not cleaning up their mess. Receiving chain emails. Someone playing music you do not like. People who promise and then do not deliver. Commercial breaks at critical points in a movie. People throwing cigarette butts on the ground. The sound of chainsaws.

All those small things listed above are just a tiny example of what bugs people. We are all different but we get bugged pretty easily, and that negative injection can turn a whole day into crap! I have seen relationships break over stupid, small things for people who otherwise were really cool together – what a shame!

Imagine - we can move away from that.

And, it is even EASY to do so!

IF you can change the bug, change it! (I.e. Fix your watch now)

If you cannot change the bug, then STOP before getting annoyed, ask yourself ‘How important is this?’ ‘Will I remember this tomorrow, next month, next year?’ Chances are you will not even remember it tomorrow, let alone next week. We easily remember the important things in life, but have you ever heard anyone say ‘The keys were left on the wrong cupboard 11 times last year?’ Yet, you may have quite cross about the keys being on the wrong cupboard, possibly caused ill feeling at home, started your day feeling negative, all over something you don’t even recall later! What a waste of energy!

So, next time something small irritates you, stop and ask:

Can I Fix This? Yes, and then fix it! No, then keep going…..

Will I remember this tomorrow?

Will I remember it next week?

Will I remember it next year? If you answer this yes, then it is not a mosquito!

Then take a deep breath, and realign your position, realize and admit it’s not worth an argument or a bad day.

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Posted on 5 January 2015 by Terrie Anderson