Saturday, February 03, 2007

Don't Sweat The Small Stuff With Your Family

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff With Your Family

Richard Carlson has written a number of books in the Don't Sweat series and I finally finished this one early last week. I have been lugging in my backpack for a while and glad to have finally read it through. One advantage with Mr. Carlson's work is that, each section is not more than 2 - 3 pages long and it is easy to read a few sections now and connect later.

I have read a few of his books and looking forward to read a few more. Each time I read his book, he helps me refocus on the important things in life and become a little bit calmer (have a long way go..). His message is simple, straightforward and encourages us to not to take stuff seriously (any stuff..). Most importantly, he talks about the importance of acceptance, appreciation and love. His messages though are common sense are NOT common practice.

He has written a series of books in the 'Don't Sweat the small stuff' series and is quite simple in its message: Love your family unconditionally. He suggests simple ways in which this could be accomplished as well. Thanks to Google, we can read the first 19 sections online.

PS: As I was digging around on the net to write this post, I learnt about the sudden demise of Richard Carlson in December of last year. It left me dumbfounded for a few moments and I don't think have gotten over it yet. He left his own trail as he walked the earth and lived a life devoted to peace, love, and the betterment of humanity. Mr. Carlson has touched my life in several ways like millions of others he did while he was in this earth. May his soul rest in peace and may God be with his family.

He died of heart attack while flying from SFO to NYC to promote his new book "Don't Get Scrooged: How to Thrive in a World Full of Obnoxious, Incompetent, Arrogant and Downright Mean-Spirited People."

Richard Carlson encouraged us to
"Ask yourself: Is there any way I can become even more loving than I am? Can I fill my heart with more loving kindness? Can you, despite the fact that there are less than perfect people in our world, think loving thoughts about yourself and about others? Spread that love around as far as your mind will allow!"
and.. I encourage you to try any of his book. It has helped me lot and I am sure it will help you too..

Let me end this post as Richard Carlson always ends his correspondence "Treasure Yourself'".


  1. Re-defining the spousal rules (away from the Indian way)... one thing that changed my life with Carlson.

    Share responsibilities and enjoy, is the key.


  2. Vijay
    Definitely.. I personally know about the 'change' Mr.Carlson has effected on many people.. He has left a 'good imprint'..