“I do know that for the sympathy of one living being, I would make peace with all. I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the like of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other.”-Mary Shelly, Frankenstien.
“A low mood is not the time to analyze your life. To do so is emotional suicide. If you have a legitimate problem, it will still be there when you state of mind improves. The trick is to be grateful for our good moods and graceful in our low moods-not taking them too seriously. The next time you feel low, for whatever reason, remind yourself, ‘This too, shall pass.’ It will.”-Richard Carlson, Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff. . . And It’s All Small Stuff.
“When you take time, often to reflect on the miracle of life-the miracle that you are even able to read this book-the gift of sign, of love and the rest, it can help to remind you that many of the things that you think of as ‘big stuff’ are really just ‘small stuff’ that you are turning into ‘big stuff'”-Richard Carlson, Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff. . .And It’s All Small Stuff.
“True happiness comes not when we get rid of all of our problems, but when we change our relationship to them, when we see our problems as a potential source of awakening, opportunities to practice, and to learn.”-Richard Calrson, Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff. . And It’s All Small Stuff.
“One of the mistakes many of us make is that we feel sorry for ourselves, or for others, thinking that life should be fair, or that someday it will be. It’s not and it won’t. When we make this mistake we tend to spend a lot of time wallowing and/or complaining about what’s wrong with life. ‘It’s not fair,’ we complain, not realizing that perhaps, it was never intended to be.”-Richard Carlson, Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff. . .And It’s All Small Stuff.
“Something wonderful begins to happen with the simple realization that life, like an automobile, is driven from the inside out, no the other way around. As you focus more on becoming more peaceful with where you are, rather than focusing on where you would rather be, you begin to find peace right now, in the present. Then as you move around, try new things, and meet new people, you carry that sense of inner peace with you. It’s absolutely true that, ‘Wherever you go, there you are.'”-Richard Carlson, Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff. . and It’s All Small Stuff.