With over 8 million copies sold worldwide, I’m pretty sure that I am not the only one who has read and appreciated the nuggets of wisdom that Richard Carlson gives in his book “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff...and it’s all Small Stuff.” Despite Carlson’s passing in 2006, I would still like to write this thank you letter to honor his memory and to express just how thankful I am that he has touched my life through what he wrote.
For such a physically small book I must say that it has had quite an unusually big impact on me. From the moment I saw your book on the stands at my local bookshop I was intrigued--mainly because of the interesting title. I wondered how could absolutely everything be considered small or immaterial! I have to say it was more out of curiosity why I eventually bought it but I am so glad I did (I guess this thank you letter is a testament to that!).
I think one of the greatest things about the book is that it’s a quick read allowing your readers, like me, to take a breather and reflect on how what you’re writing about fits in our own lives. For example, one of the strategies you listed was to “Be aware of the snowball effect of your thinking.” Obsessing over an idea or problem was something that I used to do until I realized how harmful it was after reading it in your book. And while I haven’t perfected the practice of stopping the negative train of thought immediately, your insight has given me more peaceful nights of sleep that used to be spent on worrying.
Your book has taught me really about perspective. Most of the advice you listed allowed me to have a fresh look at the things that are going on in my life. From your tip on thinking whether something will matter in a year, to imagining my own funeral, and to realizing that in a hundred years time the earth will comprise of all new individuals, I have been able to re-examine and let go of the petty things and at the same time cherish the most valuable.
Yours is probably one of the best self-help/success books I have ever read. This is mostly because it focuses on self and character renewal. If I were to list everything that I’ve taken from reading it this thank you letter would probably be pages and pages long. Instead, I’ll end here by offering another genuine thank you for teaching me that sometimes a change in perspective is all it takes to become happier.