A Great Reminder That Not Everything is an Emergency
out of 5 stars
I was given this book as a gift from my boss. He told me that he reads it every couple of years to remind himself of some of the lessons inside of it. I can see why it’s a nice reminder that everything isn’t a fire and that everything doesn’t require you to freak out this exact second.
I work in the tech industry and a while back my boss told me “at the end of the day we just put boxes on the internet”. He’s dead on and I think this book had a little to do with that. The book is divided up into very simple and short chapters (usually 1-3 pages in total and the pages are small).
I started reading this on vacation with the physical book and ended up finishing it with the audiobook. I think that both were well done and easy to read in short bits. I liked that you could pick it up, read a chapter or two, and set it down. It’s great for someone who is working on some of the things that Carlson mentions inside of Small Stuff.
Some of my favorite lessons were ones that you learn when you are younger but needed to be reminded as an adult like do something nice for someone and tell no one. Another that I enjoyed was to write a letter to someone you care about every day. It just seems like a great way to show you are grateful and appreciate them in your life. Everyone needs reminding of that from time to time. The one that I think of a lot since reading this is “will I remember this in 100 years” — basically, is it that important? No, it really isn’t and you probably will forget about it within a couple days.
Overall, a great “vacation read” as my boss called it – something that you can pick up and read in small chunks. And remember – not everything is important. You’ll find out the stuff that is
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, and It's All Small Stuff by Richard Carlson
Narrator: Richard Carlson
Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
Published by Hachette Audio on December16th 1999
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Are the little things in life driving you crazy? Isn't it time you put these small annoyances into perspective once and for all? This #1 New York Times best seller - now available unabridged - offers suggestions for daily changes that can add up to a more relaxed, stress-free you. In thoughtful and insightful language, author Richard Carlson reveals ways to calm down, live in the present moment, let others have the glory at times, lower your tolerance to stress, trust your intuitions, and ultimately live each day as if it might be your last.