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Don't Sweat the Small Stuff . . . and It's All Small Stuff book cover

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff . . . and It's All Small Stuff Quotes

Something wonderful begins to happen with the simple realization that life, like an automobile, is driven from the inside out, not the other way around. As you focus more on becoming more peaceful with where you are, rather than focusing on where you would rather be, you begin to find peace right now, in the present. Then, as you move around, try new things, and meet new people, you carry that sense of inner peace with you. It's absolutely true that, "Wherever you go, there you are.
One of the mistakes many of us make is that we feel sorry for ourselves, or for others, thinking that life should be fair, or that someday it will be. It's not and it won't. When we make this mistake we tend to spend a lot of time wallowing and/or complaining about what's wrong with life. "It's not fair," we complain, not realizing that, perhaps, it was never intended to be.
Effective listening is more than simply avoiding the bad habit of interrupting others while they are speaking or finishing their sentences. It's being content to listen to the entire thought of someone rather than waiting impatiently for your chance to respond.
Don't sweat the small stuff...and it's all small stuff.
...when you let go of your expectations, when you accept life as it is, you're free.To hold on is to be serious and uptight. To let go is to lighten up.
If, however, you take a moment to observe how you actually feel immediately after you criticise someone, you'll notice that you will feel a little deflated and ashamed, almost like you're the one who has been attacked. The reason this is true is that when we criticise, it's a statement to the world and to ourselves, "I have a need to be critical." This isn't something we are usually proud to admit.
True happiness comes not when we get rid of all of our problems,but when we change our relationship to them, when we see our problems as a potential source of awakening, opportunities to practice, and to learn.
Life is a process--just one thing after another. When you lose it, just start again.
Even though we often mess up, most of us are doing the best that we know how with the circumstances that surround us.
This too shall pass.
We deny the parts of ourselves that we deem unacceptable rather than accepting the fact that we're all less than perfect.
Criticism, like swearing, is actually nothing more than a bad habit.
Your heart, the compassionate part of you, knows that it’s impossible to feel better at the expense of someone else.
I’m merely talking about learning to be less bothered by the actions of people.
Almost universally, when people look back on their lives while on their deathbed [...] they wish they had spent more time with the people and activities they truly loved and less time worrying about aspects of life that, upon deeper examination, really don't matter at all that much. Imagining yourself at your own funeral allows you to look back at your life while you still have the chance to make some important changes.
Try to maintain the perspective that, in time, everything disintegrates and returns to its initial form.
Life didn't come with a fool-proof manual.
When you take time, often to reflect on the miracle of life - the miracle that you are even able to read this book - the gift of sight,of love and all the rest, it can hep to remind you that many of the things that you think as "big stuff" are really just "small stuff" that you are turning into big tuff.
Many people live as if life were a dress rehearsal for some later date.
one of the greatest desires of the human heart.
When you have what you want (inner peace), you are less distracted by your wants, needs, desires, and concerns. It’s thus easier to concentrate, focus, achieve your goals, and to give back to others.
We cannot do great things on this earth. We can only do small things with great love.
To a large degree, the measure of our peace of mind is determined by how much we are able to live in the present moment. Irrespective of what happened yesterday or last year, and what may or may not happen tomorrow, the present moment is where you are—always!.
I’ve noticed you don’t read very much.