I've been framing all of life's upsets lately with "Is this going to matter in five years?" ... and you know what? For almost every single little thing that's been attempting to bring me down lately, the answer has been N-O, it will not matter then, which means it should not matter now ... and that question has been strengthening me to let negative people and situations go with ease.
I am back in Massachusetts for a few days, as we are laying my sweet Nana to rest today. My point in sharing my Nana's passing isn't to ask for condolences - I'm obviously sad that she's gone, but I'm incredibly happy that she lived such a long and wonderful life, and that I was lucky enough to have her in mine for 27 years. My point in sharing this is to stress the importance of remembering what's most important in life and to frame every upset with "Will this matter in five years?"
Would it have mattered in five years if I didn't buy that other plane ticket to come home two weeks ago to see my Nana while she was still alive? Yes, it would have mattered. And I would have surely lived a life of regret if I didn't get to see and talk to her one last time while she was still here. So while the price of that plane ticket was a major annoyance and set back our bank account substantially by a few hundred dollars ... it mattered.
It's interesting how certain situations put your entire life into perspective and make you realize what's important - and what's not so important at all, isn't it?
Do you have anything that you've been holding on to that you need to let go?
Ask yourself "Will this matter in five years?" ... well, will it?