Don't Sweat the Small Stuff- Be Grateful Instead

Remember the saying (and book) "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff Because it is ALL small stuff?", well, yes, that is true but going a step further I have to say to be grateful for it.

The small things can add up.

Struggle has been a way of life for many later, this writer included. I recently secured a job all on my own and although the pay is half of what I am used to, I am thrilled.

My mentality is that although the pay is low it is more than I was making. The job is perfect for me. Close to home so there is no stress over commuting, no worrying about using up a lot of gas and the job is MINDLESS!

No more bringing my job home with me.

As someone whose last several full-time positions sucked the life out of me, taking this job that does not involve much responsibility is a gift.

One might accuse me of being an underachiever but the truth is that I don't strive for a brilliant career. I know what kind of life I want to live and with this mindless job I can live it.

Managing my expenses is still going to be a struggle but that is only because my husband is underemployed. We will get by; we always do.

After long-term unemployment many people lessen their chances of re-employment the longer they stay out of work. I have written about this more often than I cared to but it is still very relevant to people. I know what I speak of; I have lived it.

I have also re-invented myself and proudly. I no longer care or look to what others expect a woman of my age and experience to do.

I am finally going to live for me and be able to indulge myself in the passions that I have discovered that although are not enough to totally replace my paycheck, they make me happy.

Life is too short to work a survival job that sucks the life out of you. You have to find a balance. You have to have passion for something in your life.

I have found that (finally) and also have found a way to do what I have to do to prevent homelessness and still be able to do what I love to do.

So this new job which is only part time may be small but I am grateful. I still have time to do my self-employment projects and mentally, I can handle it all.

Most of all I am grateful for the many small blessings in my life. Everything isn't bleak. Yes, at times it is scary and I could fear the future but instead I look at how far I have come and I know that everything is going to be just fine.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Priscilla,

    Way to stay positive in tough times. Not sure if you got my Tweet (@thedoubleB), but I'd love to have you and the family to Mountain Creek to check out the snowtubing park when it's open and check out their Friday night Family Tubing Nights for your Examiner column.
    Tweet back at me if you're interested or just email bbyrne @
    -Bill Byrne