On sweating the small stuff

Lately, I’ve been letting tiny little niggly things get to me.

The kind of things that I know the other party doesn’t give a second thought to.

I love the Eleanor Roosevelt quote: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

And likewise, the small stuff is only bugging me because I let it. I let it through and I let it stick around and fester.

You know what, small stuff? You’re overstaying your welcome.

It’s true. Some people are douchebags. Nothing I can do about that. Letting that get to me is fruitless. And we don’t want the douchebags to win.

Sometimes something or somebody is a priority for you, but not vice versa. That’s the way of the world. There’s only so much you can do, and beyond that it’s out of your control. Nothing to be done there.

Sometimes shit just happens.

And thus, I will quote another fantastic saying, the serenity prayer:

“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.”

Words to (try to) live by.

Are you a sensitive type like me ? Or do you let things roll off your back? How?

10 thoughts on “On sweating the small stuff

  • Reply addvodka April 20, 2012 at 14:54

    I`m incredibly sensitive to the small stuff. I don`t remember being like this before, but I must have always been. I need to change that but every little snide remark people make to me, and every little catty comment gets to me!

  • Reply LittleFrugalista April 21, 2012 at 04:32

    I definitely let small things get to me. I.e. strangers being rude or condescending. I always try to tell myself to let it go but thinking and doing are often mutually exclusive!

  • Reply thisaggiesaves April 21, 2012 at 04:36

    I definitely sweat the small stuff. Not good for the heart!

  • Reply Mildly Entertained April 21, 2012 at 03:59

    I am defintely without a doubt overly sensitive. To a fault. I agonize and ruminate over decisions as well.

  • Reply Cait April 21, 2012 at 04:16

    For years, I let the small things get to me. And there are still small words or conversations that stick with me, from time to time… but I’m slowly learning how to let things go. A friend recently told me that you can’t control what others do, you can only control how you react. I’ve been trying to remember that… maybe it’ll help you too? 🙂

    • Reply eemusings April 21, 2012 at 12:06

      That’s a great saying. I love it – will file that away for reference.

  • Reply Revanche April 22, 2012 at 06:53

    I often let my small stuff stay with me. I torture myself with my own failings, and have to firmly set myself down and say no, we’re not talking about that and wasting brain space on it anymore. Likewise with other people and their transgressions that I thought I’d let go of, lately, but I think that reemergence is catalyzed by recent events.

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