Things I’ve Learned 3: Get Over It

       About 15 years ago, I saw a book titled Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.  Although I never read it, I like the title and subscribe to its meaning.  To me, it means don’t spend your time worrying about things that don’t matter.  But many of us do exactly that. 

      As an example, I led a one-week leadership development class recently, in which the participants are divided into teams.  One of their teams mentioned several times that their team list included a person who had cancelled out of the course at the last minute, so it was inaccurate.  My response was “Get over it.”  (Okay, I thought that, but used other words in my response.)  But I think my meaning was clear: what does it matter?  Will it affect how you interact as a group or what you learn in the course or what time you wake up tomorrow?  No.  Then get over it.

       I’ve known too many people who spend so much time paying attention to the inconsequential things in life that the important things slip right by them.  What I’ve learned is not to let this happen.  Ever. 

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RandolphMase, Fiction Writer 

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (under construction)

Nathan Hale


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