As I write this blog, it’s one hour before I will be attending a funeral of an 18 year old girl who was killed in a car crash. I knew this sweet angel for many years and at one time, was very close to her and her family. I cannot imagine the grief, pain and suffering they are going through at this moment.
It reminds me of a saying I sometimes forget, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff- most of it is small stuff”. This is about emotional perspective. Having a tragedy like this hit so close to home provides a real “emotional perspective”. How many times do we depress ourselves or get overly anxious or upset by so many things in life that matter so little?
Catastrophic life events like this serve as a reminder to be grateful for what we have and appreciate our lives regardless of how tough things can sometimes be. We often react to life’s annoyances, inconveniences and difficulties “as if” they were major catastrophies. Reminding ourselves to keep our emotions in line with the seriousness of the situation will reduce a great deal of stress, anxiety and depression.
So, as you go about your day, develop a health emotional perspective, cultivate an “attitude of gratitude” and “Don’t sweat the small stuff”.