Life is too short to sweat the small stuff

Published 11:16 am Monday, October 13, 2003

By Staff
Chuck Bodiford Publisher
What is the average life span of a person? Right off hand, I couldn't tell you. However, I'm sure we can all agree it's not long enough. People are born and die each moment that the earth spins. Even though we can't change these facts, we can personally change what we each do with our God-given time.
It seems that as I grow older, I tend to put a great deal of emphasis on issues that are possibly not very important in the grand scheme of things. Maybe you're guilty of the same. I challenge you to think to yourself. Was there something last week that maybe caused you to glow a little redder or feel a little more apprehension? If so, was it worth it?
Lately I have tried to step back and examine the way I live my life and focus on the things that are truly important to me. This came about as I was traveling from Brewton to Atmore the other day and a vehicle attempted to pass. As the vehicle pulled up beside me, a pickup truck heading in the opposite direction rounded a curve ahead of us. The passing vehicle had to pull off the side of the road to allow the oncoming truck to continue without an accident occurring. What caused me to evaluate my life was not that this event occurred, but rather that once we were all back on the road, this vehicle began to try passing again.
As I drove, I thought to myself, what would make someone be in such a hurry that he/she would put their life or that of another person in danger? Granted, this person could have had a reason, such as a family member in the hospital or something of that nature. But what if he/she were only trying to make it to the post office before it closed or was trying to make a meeting he/she were running late for?
As I sit here and type this column, a phrase that my mother-in-law says continues to run through my head, "Don't sweat the small stuff." The world around us already gives us plenty to worry about, let's try not to make those molehills into mountains.
Chuck Bodiford, an Atmore native, is publisher of the Atmore Advance and may be reached at 368-2123 or by email at

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