After seeing a program on television the other day, I sat back and pondered on how to deal with some of the problems that we face in our day-to-day lives.
- See A Molehill As A Molehill: It’s tempting sometimes to exaggerate the extent of difficulty or to portray the situation as being far worse than it is. This doesn’t help one bit. Take stock of the situation dispassionately. As the old saying goes, are you making a mountain of a molehill? See the molehill for what it is. Is it an irritant? Sure it is but it’s not the end of the world.
- Change what you can: There are many things you would like to see change around you. However, there are only some things you can change. There is no point breaking your head on things that you cannot change. I am reminded of those powerful lines from The Serenity Prayer, written by Reinhold Niebuhr: ” God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.”
- Be optimistic: Don’t lose hope and look for the best in the worst of situations. Things could be far worse. It’s comforting to realize that there are thousands with troubles far worse than yours. There are many who aren’t blessed with what you have. Count your blessings and make the best of what you have. Time is limited. Put it to the most productive use so that you have no cause for regrets later.
I would submit to you that the worst of problems are much smaller than you first imagine them to be. Don’t be hasty in taking decisions which you may have to repent later. There is nothing to be gained by getting more stressed than is necessary. Stress can cause severe damage to your health and well-being.
As they say in the modern idiom, “Stay cool” in more senses than one!