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

5 years ago
Listen to Your Feelings (They Are Trying to Tell You Something)

"You have at your disposal a foolproof guidance system to navigate  you through life. This system, which consists solely of your own feelings, lets you know whether you are off track and headed toward unhappiness and conflict -- or on track, headed toward peace of mind. Your feelings act as a barometer, letting you know what your internal weather is like".

"When you're not caught up in your thinking, taking things too seriously, your feelings will be generally positive. They will be affirming that you are using your thinking to your advantage. No mental adjustment needs to be made".

"When your experience of life is other than pleasant -- when you're feeling angry, resentful, depressed, stressed out, frustrated, and so forth, your warning system of feelings kicks in like red flag to remind you that you are off track, that it's time to ease up on your thinking, you've lost perspective. Mental adjustment does need to be made. You can think of your negative feelings in the same way you think of the warning lights on the dashboard of your car. When flashing, they let you know that it's time to ease up".
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