Lighten up!

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Some days, I walk around and look at the pain and suffering on people’s faces and I feel sorrow.

Not sorrow that the people are feeling the pain, everyone is subjected to suffering at some point in their lives. It is sorrow that 90% of the time it is self-inflicted. There is no reason to suffer.

The problem, of course, is that many, many, many people take themselves entirely too seriously. They stress about the little things, agonize over trivialities, focus on the tiniest flaws in their lives.

They spend so much energy and focus on miniscule mistakes that they miss all the good stuff. They have no room left in their lives for the things that really count, like butterflies, sunshine, puppies, and the laughter of children.

Lighten up people. Step back from your problems and take in a broader picture. You’ll find that there is a whole world out there waiting for you to enjoy.

And yes, I too am sometimes guilty of taking myself too seriously. I have to remind myself to lighten up.

I have to laugh at myself. Or you.

What do you think?