Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

Excerpt from Chapter 8 - Thinking

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff
It's All Small Stuff
All Small Stuff Has Value

No doubt, you have heard the advice not to sweat the small details, followed by the thought that it's all small stuff. These two pieces of advice taken together imply that nothing is worth getting bothered about. Is this not the same as the suggestion that we love what is? If we are loving what is, then we are not sweating any stuff.

There is a distinction that I make between value and importance. All too often, we use words to describe our current spiritual attachment, words such as "important, so spiritual, exciting, blissful or so loving." We fail to see that such words and tones imply how much infatuation or how much hero-worship we have for our favorite grand, wonderful, glorious and awesome spiritual path. When you have declared something as important to you, then you have an attachment that will eventually need to be severed, though perhaps not in this lifetime.

I added all small stuff has value (above) to imply that even the smallest things, actions, ideas and behaviors have value. There is nothing in this world or in your life that does not have value. This value might be large or small, minor or major. A particular slice of small stuff might only be there to teach you to avoid it in the future. But it is there in your life for a reason that your soul (or essence or higher-self) has chosen. Even daily TV zoning-out behavior has purpose and value, if only to give a necessary rest break or to serve as a pacifier. The more you can understand the value in supposedly bad or wrong things, the more you will find yourself loving what is and the happier and more relaxed you will be.

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© 2008 by Thayer White
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