We all know what it is like to be held captive of the little things in life — those petty concerns and small desires that steal their way into how we look at our lives and pit us against anyone or anything seen as trying to take away our anticipated desire. Here is a short list of these little troublemakers that often make big trouble for us whenever we mistake them for being our friends:
• Unrealistic expectations that others should treat us only as we imagine they should
• Strong attachments to even the smallest and strangest of our possessions
• Pressing convictions that no one else sees things as clearly as we do
• Nagging resentments from relationships past and present
• Perfect certainty that no one is permitted to interrupt our pleasures
How can we say for sure that these conditions are little more than big nothings in the scheme of things? We have all been through those telltale moments in our lives when, due to a crisis of some kind beyond our control, we are momentarily able to see where we had lost sight of what was really worthwhile.