As a Christmas gift, my husband (who is either very brave or thinks he is really funny) gave me a copy of the “Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff” page-a-day desk calendar.  Now, I love page-a-day calendars (there is something very satisfying about starting each day with a new photo or nugget of information) and I really do need to learn to not sweat the small stuff, but there is something a little … odd about this calendar.

It goes along on a daily basis, offering helpful hints about doing acts of kindness and staying fully in the present and just making the decision to do the best I can in any given situation, and I am comforted and calmed and learn a little bit.  Every once in a while, however, the tone gets a little antagonistic.  A little confrontational.  A little discouraging.  And a little creepy. 

Perhaps you could learn a little more about being patient.

Imagine how much easier your life will be when you don’t take yourself so seriously.

The next time you are feeling a little uptight, try to imagine that a stranger is taking notes on your behaviour.

When you resist change, you are never more than a moment away from great disappointment.

Put increased emphasis on a solution and less emphasis on cursing the problem.

It’s really hard to see the ways that we can sometimes get in our own way.

Stop running around simply because you think you have to “keep up”.

Just so you don’t have to run out and buy the calendar, here is a quick summary: the keys to living a calm and fulfilled life, focused on the present, are to maybe not be such a jerk sometimes, stop behaving in a generally ridiculous way, and if you’re ever feeling stressed, imagine that someone you don’t know is WATCHING YOU. Is it just me, or does he seem a little bit sick of dealing with people like me?