074 “Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff”


Welcome to episode 074 of “Connie and Sheila Talk”.  Here are today’s show segments:

1)    Famous Quotes

2)    Package Deal = 5 New Rental Properties

3)    Heart Topic: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Segment 1     Famous Quotes

 “If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.”  ~ Flavia Weedn

 “Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.”  ~ Henry David Thoreau


Segment 2  Package Deal = 5 New Rental Properties

This past week we closed on 5 new rental properties. This was a deal that we have been working on for several months and it finally closed on the last day of September.  The deal was a great deal for us and a great deal for the seller and today we’re going to break it down for our listeners.

In addition we offer a few tips when working a similar deal.


Segment 3    Heart Topic: “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” by Richard Carlson, PhD

 If you’ve never read the book, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff”, you’re missing out on a great little book.  We’d like to encourage each of you to do so.

Here are a few of the chapter titles: Make Peace with Imperfection, Develop Your Compassion, Do Something Nice for Someone Else and Don’t Tell Anyone About It, Be the First One to Act Loving or Reach Out, Allow Yourself to Be Bored, Set Aside Quiet Time Every Day, Resist the Urge to Criticize, Choose Being Kind Over Being Right, Relax, etc….

Do any of these chapter titles resonate with you?

Today we discuss the chapter titled: See the Glass as Already Broken.

Instead of seeing the glass 1/2 empty or 1/2 full, just see the glass as already broken.

Dr. Carlson writes: “This is a Buddhist teaching that I learned over 20 yrs ago.  It has provided me, again and again, with greatly needed perspective to guide me toward my goal of a more accepting self…..The essence of this teaching is that all of life is in a constant state of change.  Everything has a beginning and everything has an end.”

So, hopefully, when something happens, instead of thinking: Oh my God, you’ll find yourself thinking, ah there it goes.

Remember, when we can look at all things in life, that would normally throw us off course, as just another opportunity to learn, we become much wiser.  Life gets easier and better.

Our question today: When you expect something will break, and it does, or knowing nothing lasts forever, are you surprised and disappointed when it doesn’t?  Instead of becoming sad, mad or angry when something is destroyed, we are far better off to have gratitude for ever having had it in the first place. 

Until next week, Peace!

Connie and Sheila


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