Let the Little Things Go

Hello and happy Monday dear reader. If you are anything like me, and most people, Mondays are hard, but I’d like to change the way we look at the start of the work week. Instead of dreading it, complaining about it, or rushing through it, let’s think of them as a fresh start. Mondays are a new chance to do things right.

This Monday I am returning to work after a nice week off for spring break. I feel two ways about it, I am tired and wish I could’ve slept in again, and I’m glad because I’ve missed the structure and the routine.

I know because of the week-long disruption to my schedule, and my inability to deal with sudden change, I am going to have a hard time focusing. I also know that at the end of the day I am probably going to beat myself up about it too.

“One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: ‘To rise above little things’.”

// John Burroughs

For me, every little mistake is magnified. I go home and replay all the stupid things I said and all the  mistakes I made and tell myself I failed. I think about all the ways I let people down and all the ways I let myself down. These little things stick in my head and grow throughout the day. They steal my focus and my confidence. I feel low when I get into that mode and this week I want to try my best to let those little things go.

I think the trick is to keep my eye on the bigger picture and remember that when I think of other people throughout the day I don’t remember all the little mistakes they made so I am sure they do not remember mine either.

We all have a tendency to let those little things take up more space than they deserve. This week let’s make a real effort to let it all go and focus on what really matters. The big picture and the big goals are what matter, and your little mistakes mean nothing in the grand scheme of things. You are a good person, you are doing your best, and you are getting to where you want to be.

And really, in the end, even if you made a few big mistakes not much comes of it. The worst case scenario is never as bad as I was in your head. Most of the time everything can easily be forgiven and forgotten, as long as you’ve learned from it.

No matter what the world will keep turning and we all will move on, so don’t worry. Everything will be alright, I promise.

“Don’t worry about a thing
Because every little thing is going to be all right”

// Bob Marley and The Wailers


9 Replies to “Let the Little Things Go”

  1. “For me, every little mistake is magnified. I go home and replay all the stupid things I said and all the mistakes I made and tell myself I failed.” I do the same exact thing! I loved this post, I am a happier person now because I just tell myself to keep moving forward and to look at the big picture.


  2. We are often our worst critics. We’re harder on ourselves than anyone else can be. It’s nice to “check ourselves” and our mental mantras. I try to pay attention to what I say to myself. I often find myself being negative, so I try to stop what I say to myself. Sometimes, we do need to let go and go with the flow.


    1. I am realize that loving yourself and treating yourself well are daily battles. The only thing that has helped me is trying my best to talk to myself the way I would a friend who had made the same mistakes. That, along with a series of deep breaths, helps a lot, and it gets easier each time.


  3. Very well said.

    We often drool on the small stuff we ideally shouldn’t be worried about, and consequently fail to see the big picture, often big, amazing opportunities passing by.

    That was a wonderful reminder, Lisa! One always surely helps.


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