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

5 years ago
Live This Day as if It Were Your Last. It Might Be!

"When are you going to die? In fifty years, twenty, ten, five, today? Last time I checked, no one had told me. I often wonder, when listening to the news, did the person who died in the auto accident on hi way home from work remember to tell his family how much he loved them? Did he live well? Did he love well? Perhaps  the only thing that is certain is that he still had things in his "in basket" that weren't yet done".

"The truth is, none of us has any idea how we have to live. Sadly, however, we act as if we're going to live forever. We postpone the things that, deep down, we know we want to do -- telling the people we love how much we care, spending time alone, visiting a good friend, taking that beautiful hike, running a marathon, writing a heartfelt letter, going fishing with your daughter, learning to meditate, becoming a better listener, and on and on.

"We come up with elaborate and sophisticated rationales to justify or actions, and end up spending mos of our time and energy doing things that aren't all that important. We argue for our limitations, and they become limitations".

"I felt it appropriate to end this book by suggesting that you live each day as if it were your last on this earth. I suggest this not as a prescription to be reckless or to abandon responsibilities, but to remind you of how precious life really is. A friend of mine once said, "Life is too important to take too seriously" Ten years later, I knew he was right. I hope that this book has been, and will continue to be helpful to you. Please don't forget the most basic strategy of all, don't sweat the small stuff! I will end this book by sincerely saying that I wish you well.

Treasure Yourself.
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