Happiness: Rule # 17

Rule #17 – Zoom Out and Don’t Sweat

“If you do not raise your eyes you will think that you are the highest point.” – Antonio Porchia

Right now, you have a set of priorities running in your life.

Number one may be that business deal you’re working on.

Number two could be the mortgage you’re really trying to pay off. Number three is that vacation, and whether you’re really going to get on with Aunt Marjorie for two whole weeks.

These are your current priorities.

But isn’t it funny how life can sometimes jolt any of us right back down to earth – and remind us all of what really matters in life? Of what our real priorities should be?

I’m talking about the perspective we gain after a family member passes away. Or after a near-miss motorcycle  accident. Or the moment your first child arrives into the


We suddenly zoom out and view the world from a million miles above.

Petty arguments are no longer worth our attention. The “importance” of business seems to disappear immediately.

All we often want to do is express our love for those we care about.

Life has a habit of reminding us of the important things, whenever we forget.

Have YOU forgotten what is really important in your life?

Are you sacrificing your family time to clear that never-ending pile of paperwork? Do you spend days moaning about the negative, getting angered by the smallest of

comments? Did you last hold yourself back from telling your partner how you felt – because you were embarrassed?

Here’s the simple truth: You might be dead one hour from now.

You never, ever know what is around the corner. So, try regularly “zooming out” of your current picture, and realizing the true priorities in your life. If you can, do it every

day – particularly when you return home from work.

Then kick back your shoes, and enjoy some quality time with family and friends.

Life is short.

As GoDaddy.com CEO Bob Parsons says, we’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a good time.

So, zoom out regularly, don’t sweat the small stuff – and you will be happy.


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