Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Life is full of small stuff. The bus is late, you’ve lost your favourite tshirt, work isn’t going to plan today. Small stuff is precisely that, small. But it can be a major source of stress if you don’t recognise it as such.

I tend to suffer from stress for tiny periods. Primarily because I have developed methods for recognising when I am stressing over something insignificant and stop myself within a matter of minutes.

But all around me every day I see people who can’t do this. Who agonise over the insignificant, stress over the small, and boil at the benign.

They spend their days running from one ‘stress’ to another without realising they are wasting their lives, largely worrying about things which are irrelevant or out of their control.

Don’t sweat the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff.

Be careful what you wish for

Who would have thought my first ever blog post would have been about politics? It is a topic I actively avoid in general. Not because I don’t have my views, but because it is so divisive and it’s not as if somebody is going to change their political allegiance just because I tell them they are wrong.

But, hey. You can’t open a newspaper, website, or twitter without it being the topic of conversation so I may as well join in the debate.

The interesting for me is not what happens now (that is just down right scary), but how some gambles taken by a few key individuals with their own self interest at heart have led us here.

Desperate to maintain control

First there was David. In danger of losing his party as a divide between the right and the left began to develop.  And in danger of losing key seats in an election due to the rising prominence of UKIP. So he promised a referendum.

Boy did that backfire.

It was a calculated risk as he didn’t think he would actually lose the referendum, but one taken out of self interest for both his political party and his position as PM.  Has he not done so he could have lost a majority, or had he won faced a revolt from within which saw him losing his position.

Look where that got him.

Desperate for power

Gamble number two, up steps Boris. He oozes desperation to be PM, you can see it in his eyes (I wouldn’t look, it isn’t pretty).  And what better way than to prove his leadership credentials than to spearhead the Conservative right to a narrow loss in a referendum.  Lose this one, win the next one in the leadership race. Good plan.

His demeanour after he was victorious will be analysed by body language specialists for years to come and strung up as an example. Hardly the picture of victory was it!?

Of course it wasn’t because Boris never expected to win, and never wanted to. He doesn’t want to leave the EU any more than David Cameron, this was never about that.  And when he realised David was off and he would be left to clean up this mess he was clearly devastated.

Two gambles, one big mess

So these two gambles taken with pure self interest at heart from two individuals looks set to cost the general public significantly. David is off the hook for his (despite losing his job) but Boris now has a hell of a mess to clean up.

Both have them should have been more careful what they wished for. As they now know, it might just come true.