Small Stuff

Two pairs of words that don’t belong together are Motivational Speaker and Embracing Change.

1. Motivational Speakers are generally cheery people who really like being themselves, thus they are nice to be around. However, motivation doesn’t come on cue and expecting a motivational speech to motivate you puts terrible stress on yourself and on the speaker. For instance, speaker says, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” hoping to release you from barrier to greatness. BUT, clearly this statement indicates that what you are doing at the moment isn’t all that impressive.

You might be popping bubble wrap, watching a brick wall out the window, or trying without success not to think about somebody because thinking about that somebody jump starts your loneliness engine. Admittedly, this is small stuff, but it is your stuff and that makes it motivational. I say sweat the small stuff. Do what you are doing, not what you might be doing. This is particularly relevant if you are driving a car.

1. Embracing Change. We might embrace the end result of change but only an idiot likes the process itself. This phrase likely has historic origins in those who want OTHER people to change something so that they can enjoy the results.

Here is where I think God has the right idea. He didn’t set out to create a race of fools so He wouldn’t expect human to LIKE change, let alone embrace it. So, He just dumps it in your lap from time to time, giving you little to no time to fret about it. You can deal with it, run from it, argue, whatever you like but you don’t have to initiate it. Leave that up to God, since He has had more experience with the big stuff.

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About Mrs. Fitz

Hello! I'm Michele Fitzpatrick, a Chicago writer. Like our town, a work in progress. As a journalist, teacher and writing coach I think all of us live our stories and sharing them creates moments that remind us we're connected. And that is enough.
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