Let’s face it: sometimes, life does get complicated. There are things over which we have no control. Your mother or your boss usually fall under this category (and may God help you if they are one and the same!). But then there are other times in which we exaggerate problems and end up making a complicated mess out of something that could be so… simple. Is it really necessary to make up so much drama?
Introducing unnecessary drama into our lives is something we are all guilty of, whether it is in our personal or professional life. In my time as an employee, I saw it daily. Gossiping, spending more time complaining about a problem than finding and executing the solution… This need to make a big deal out of our problems (and sometimes even someone else’s) is everywhere, even outside of work.
Why do we do this? Is it that we are so bored with our own life? Or perhaps it’s because we feel it’s the only way that others will relate to us. I know I felt the pull of gossip when I was at work. If I didn’t partake, I felt like there was nothing else to talk about with my co-workers. And I definitely wanted to develop a good relationship with my colleagues.
Whatever your reasons, wouldn’t your life be better if it was more peaceful and stress-free? After all, what you’re doing when you make a big deal out of something small is creating stress that shouldn’t be there in the first place. If you are honest with yourself, you can tell that these “problems” are just distractions with no meaning, and they don’t really add anything to your life.
So what are the things that do make your day special? Yes, sometimes it is getting over a large obstacle in your life, and that’s definitely cause for celebration. But also, if you pay attention, you will start noticing that the things that put a smile on your face, a lightness in your step and in your heart, are often small and simple. Like the look of glee on kids faces, the smell and feel of clean sheets when you slip into bed, a hot shower after a long day, a sunny day, good music, witnessing a smile forming on a complete stranger’s lips or seeing others laugh, even when you have no idea what they are laughing about.
So what are the things that light up yours? To figure it out, try KISSing the drama goodbye with the “Keeping It Simple… Stupid” principle (or for those who prefer the more PC version, “Keep It Short and Simple”). By reminding yourself to focus on the simple things in life, you’ll be able to develop a sense of appreciation that will put (and maintain) that serene smile on your face, and make every second of your life more special.
The moments we often take for granted are what life is made out of. Isn’t it time we start noticing them?