Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

I started to write again but can't quite find the time to do so. With the new organization, I doubt it if I can find time to vamp up this site.
That is the first challenge I'm up against. New post, new boss, new responsibilities, handling a real org.

I have always looked forward to the weekend for breathing room. To sleep a little more, to be carefree, to read. Not to mention to be gluttonous and hedonistic.

As the blog's name implies, Everyday can be like Sunday. Can be like.
Here are the things not possible for weekdays, but are my Sunday treats:
1) workout for two hours, complete stretching then steam + shower for at least one hour
2) bring a book or two to the coffee shop, stay at the al fresco area and hang out for a minimum of four hours alone
3) parlor, spa, sige na the list goes on.

Again, note the 'can be like'.

Remember the "Ham nga!" commercial of Lady's Choice? It's the perception of things that make the difference.

And so my 2012 promise to myself is to live by "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" by Richard Carlson, and write something about it at least once a week until Q2.

My boss has been the best kuya, and I have learned a whole lot more than the discipline of Business Development and Real Estate from him. Since I have grown up to be assertive, straightforward and sometimes confrontational, he balanced me out to be a more neutral and humble person. I never yielded to authority except to him. While reading through the book, I saw his words of advice sprawled all over:
1. Relax
2. Let Others Have the Glory
3. Become More Patient
4. Ask Yourself the Question, "Will this Matter a Year from Now?"
5. Seek First to Understand
6. Choose Your Battles
7. Look Beyond Behavior
8. Resist the Urge to Criticize
9. Become a Less Aggressive Driver
10. Do One Thing at a Time

Lessons to live by, from the person who tamed the shrew.

In life, I can see myself becoming more productive not "sweating the small stuff". Naturally and hopefully, this will lead me to find time to appreciate the small yet meaningful "stuff" instead.


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