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"Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" by Richard Carlson

5 years ago
Think of Your Problems as Potential Teachers

"Most people would agree that one of the greatest sources of stress in our lives is our problems. To a certain degree this is true. A more accurate assessment, however, is that the amount of stress we feel has more to do with how we relate to our problems that it does with the problems themselves.  In other words, how much of a problem do we make our problem! Do we see them as emergencies, or as potential teachers?".

"Problems come in many shapes, sizes and degrees of seriousness, but all have one thing in common: They present us with something that we wish were different. The more we struggle with our problems and the more we want them to go away, the worse they seem and the more stress they cause us". 

"Ironically, and luckily, the opposite is also true. When we accept our problems as an inevitable part of life, we we look at them as potential teachers, it's as if a weight has been lifted off our shoulders".