5 Ways To Stop Sweating The Small Stuff
It was a Tuesday. Busy day. I was pumped up + ready to complete Week 2 Day 2 of the #CHAARGSBFP. I had even changed into my workout clothes before my class to maximize my time at the gym. You see, I run on a tight schedule. If something goes awry, things get ugly.
As I put my things in my locker at the gym, I realized I was missing something. Where was my water bottle? My beautiful, brand new glass water bottle. Ugh. Lost.
I freaked. Money is tight + I just bought this guy. This was about to throw my whole day off! How could I concentrate on my workout now? I told myself I would. Yes, I would. I asked myself when I last filled it, where I last had it + all the obvious questions you ask when you lose something. The last question, though, was the most important: Do I believe in the goodness of people? If someone found it, would they turn it in for me to find?
While those questions burned in my brain, I decided to be innovative + try something new: I’ll wait + worry later. It’s time to sprint.
A few times I was distracted. What if I don’t find it? What if I have to buy another?
Alyssa. Bend. Just a little. I finished the rest of the workout without wondering, worrying, or wavering. 5.15 miles. #BOOM.
When I finished, I emailed the professor of the class I thought I left my water bottle in. She quickly replied that someone had given it to her before they left. People, man. They rock.
Ever had a day like that? So often, we let little things get in the way of our larger goals. We see setbacks as permanent + we overreact when minor bumps delay our progress. It’s important for us to *stop sweating the small stuff* ++ instead: focus on the good + be present, be alive, + be bold.
#1] SAY YES
Hard course load? New workout? First date? Whatever it is, start saying yes more + no less. We get into these routines + we don’t want to throw things off balance. But — maybe a little change can be a good thing. Actually, maybe it can be great. Don’t be afraid of what could go wrong — think of what could go right.
Personally, I’m sometimes reluctant to ask questions because I might look *unobservant* or *inattentive.* So I go all day//week //year without knowing what I need to know. But honestly, when people ask me questions I’m happy to answer them + I think highly of them because I can see they want to improve or help or learn — so why should I be scared to ask questions myself?
Kind of goes without saying, but so often I’ll stop before I even start out of fear or uncertainty. What can you accomplish without the first step? Be willing to try — if you make a mistake, you’ll learn as you go! This well-known phrase is cliché, but true: you’ll never know if you don’t try.
People occasionally break when they should bend. An important quality I think everyone should embody is flexibility — literally + figuratively. You forgot your headphones? Run free. Can’t find your favorite sports bra? Pick another. Find another alternative. Think. Compromise. ++ Keep. Moving. Forward.
When bad things happen, you have two options: you can have fear or you can have hope. Fear closes people off + shuts them away. Hope brings people together + unites them for a greater cause. Hope might be the single most important idea you can believe in. Without hope, what else do you have?
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+ Alyssa [@thebusybee_], Penn State CHAARG