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Brave: 50 Everyday Acts of Courage to Thrive in Work, Love and Life by Margie Warrell

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—Chapter 48—

The hinges on my oven door are loose. My filing cabinet needs sorting. One of my sons has handwriting that is bordering on illegible. Another child needs new school shoes (again!). The gas bill needs paying. My car needs servicing. And I've yet to file my taxes (if you happen to work for the tax office, I can assure you they will be!).

If right about now you're thinking to yourself, booooring then you'd be right. That's exactly what it is. It's not that I don't have to address these ‘problems'; it's just that in the larger game of life they're mundane, repetitious, tiny blips on the radar.

The bigger problem for many people is how easily we can allow these mundane ‘first-world' problems to dominate our lives. To be honest, as I listed down my ‘problems' above, it made me squirm. I really don't want to give them any more energy than the very minimum required to address them. Book the service. Pay the bill. File the taxes. Yada yada yada.

BE CAREFUL YOU DON'T inflate SMALL PROBLEMS INTO BIG ONES.

Of course, I use the word ‘problems' loosely. There's a distinct difference between having big problems and making your problems big. Too often we get caught in a trap of amplifying the small, petty problems of our life into big ones. Which wouldn't be a problem except that it can keep us living in the petty minutia of life and prevent us from taking on bigger (more exciting ...

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