I focus on the big picture.
I define my priorities. I shift my attention to developing my strengths and taking care of my family. I spend less time fretting about when the mail gets delivered or whose turn it is to clean the bathroom.
I am quick to forgive. I release grudges and resentments. I give others a second chance. I treat myself with compassion too.
I live in the present moment. I recognize the futility in dwelling on past disappointments and missed opportunities. I keep my eyes on what I can do now.
I deepen my resilience by practicing self-care. I can tolerate broken car alarms and long supermarket lines more easily after a restful night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast.
I value my relationships more than being right. I think before I speak. I validate others’ feelings and respect their opinions. I let my partner or coworker have the last word.
I remember the many blessings in my life. Gratitude chases away pettiness.
I take a break when I feel overwhelmed. I breathe deeply. I walk around the block or sit down with a cup of tea. Pausing gives me a chance to sort through my feelings and weigh my options.
Today, I protect my peace of mind. I liberate myself by saying goodbye to unnecessary conflicts and tensions. Putting small things in perspective gives me more energy for achieving my goals and enjoying life.
- How does nitpicking affect my relationships?
- What can I learn from a time when I made a mountain out of a molehill?
- What can I do differently when I catch myself reliving past frustrations?