There, I've said it.
Whew, that feels better.
As I periodically read the headlines in the newspaper, or some of the posts on Facebook, I see people exerting so much time, effort, and strong emotion on events and circumstances that seem so completely unimportant to me.
If it doesn't change your life, or its not something so monumental that someone will still be talking about it 50 years from now, stop wasting your time.
It reminds me of that book Don't sweat the small stuff: And its all small stuff. I haven't read the book, but the title is true enough.
My mom was telling me a story recently about some chick making an obscene gesture in the half time show at the Superbowl. O.K. I'm the one saying, "some chick." I'm sure that's not the way my mom would have worded it.
Anyway, I actually saw the half time show. I was in the kitchen when I heard the first two or three beats of the music. I broke into a broad grin as I sprinted into the next room excited to discover that Madonna was about to perform. I got there just in time to view her dramatic entry to the stage. I never saw an obscene gesture.
As mom was telling me about the obscene gesture and that it's all anyone seems to be talking about, she stopped to read to me part of the story from the newspaper. I just looked at her and said, "Mom. Please don't read that to me. I really don't care."
And I thought how truly unimportant it is in the grand scheme of things. Don't the media people have anything better and more meaningful to do than write stories and talk about things that happened in the past and are in no way affecting the future?
Apparently, the answer seems to be, "No."
"My team won last nights game." "That's great. Now what are you going to do?"
"This team and that team are playing in the Superbowl." "Well that's nice. Next."
"Some chick made an obscene gesture." O.K. that one doesn't even deserve a response.
"Can you believe the mean awful thing that guy said to that other guy the other day?" "Well that seems to be something between the two of them. What have you been up to?"
What everyone else is doing doesn't really matter.
Why allow yourself to get stressed and upset about something that doesn't really affect you?
Did you know that when you get upset and angry, you are damaging your health? Stress negatively affects your well being. It compromises your immune system. It leads to poor decision making. It causes constriction and blockages of energy and systems within your body.
Don't you deserve to treat yourself better than that?
For overall good health, it is as important to eliminate things that cause emotional stress as it is to give yourself proper nutrition.
When you seek enlightenment and reunion with the Divine, joy and inner peace are the natural result.
Anything that compromises your joyful tranquil state, you must learn to:
- forgive, or
- let go of quickly.
Sports competitions, the activities of some celebrity, which politician is cheating on his wife, how much a movie made at the box office . . . these are entertaining tid bits, but nothing to do directly with you. And, therefore, nothing worthy of getting angry over and causing damage to your health.
Don't get emotionally involved in someone else's game. Conserve your energy to better deal with your own.
If you are the one competing, then it is about who you are, what you've become, what you are capable of achieving under adverse circumstance. That is noble and worthy of your attention.
Stop being a spectator and get back into the game. What can you achieve? What skills can you hone? What difference can you make in this world?
Stop spending so much time focused on what other people are doing. Start focusing on making your own positive contribution, regardless of how big or small. I know you can!
Have a deLightful day,
I would love to hear what you have to say about this subject!