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Let it Go

Posted 10/11/2016

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  As some of you know, I write a regular column for Cancer Today, and a recent issue included this essay about trying to let go of some of life's more common irritants. Just because you are in the middle of chemotherapy, you don't get an automatic reprieve from flat tires or broken washing machines or annoying people. Yes, I agree that you should, but you don't. What you do need are some strategies to recognize what is really a problem and what you can try shrug off.

  Here is the start and a link to read more:

Let It Go
Create a list of guiding principles that allow you to shake off the small stuff.
By Hester Hill Schnipper

We are all familiar with bucket lists that encourage us to go ahead with experiences that are important and, perhaps, to take some thrilling risks.

But a second and equally important list can be just as useful. A let-it-go list can help us recognize the commonplace annoyances that, in the face of a serious disease, just don’t matter.
As we get better at distinguishing minor stressors from important ones, the list can remind us of where we want to expend our time and energy.
Here are some principles to consider when creating your own list:

1) When you face a problem, assess the long-lasting impact. Will the problem matter in a week’s time? If not, put it in the let-it-go column.

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