Today’s ThinkKit prompt:
We’ve put another quarter in the slot – free play! Hit the reset button on a moment this year: what would you do over? Whether or not you analyze your actions – how would you act differently? Would the outcomes shift, or stay the same? From a single sentence to a whole day (and everything in-between), feel free to explain your choice, from how you felt immediately after the moment passed, to any thoughts that ran through your mind beforehand. Take a mulligan!
I want to say that I wouldn’t do anything over, because everything that I’ve experienced thus far has been a learning experience. Like the time that I didn’t get an oil change for over 10,000 miles and it ruined the engine of my Infiniti QX4. That was an expensive learning experience…and now I get regular oil changes. Or the time I went to PT’s on a Sunday afternoon during a Colts game. I won’t go into detail but just don’t do it. Trust me.
But if I could go back in time this year, there’s one thing I would do over: don’t sweat the small stuff!
I know I’m not the only one guilty of this. In the moment, something will seem like such a big deal when really, it’s trivial. In the grand scheme of things, does it really matter or is it just a speed bump? I might have a tendency to overreact or dwell on things that I shouldn’t, but I’m working on it. Life is too short to worry.
So how do you stop stressing over the small things? It turns out you can actually train your brain to be a more even-keeled person. Stress is subjective so things can only ruin your day if you let them. Think of the big picture, not the minor setbacks.