The idea of, “don’t sweat the small stuff...” I keep thinking that this is supposed to apply to me. That people that nearly die would not look at the small things as so big any longer. But... In my case... I think that I kind of had already incorporated the idea of, “don’t sweat the small stuff” in my life already. The problem is that I had taken it too far. I was trying to apply, “don’t sweat the small stuff...” to, “big stuff.” And I think when I nearly left this world some part of my mind re-evaluated things.
I think what happens to most people who have a close brush with death... I think that it causes the person to re-evaluate their life. And since most people do get all upset about lots of stuff they should just brush off and take with a grain of salt... The new priorities that they gain from insights that come from a close call make them more mellow.
I, on the other hand, have spent my life brushing everything off -- no matter how serious the situation is in reality. When I took a step back and took a long look at my priorities in life... Well, I realized that I have been ignoring events that are serious and need to be dealt with because it was easier to ignore them. I was trying so dang hard to be, “positive” that I was creating a very bad negative environment in my life by letting the people doing bad things just continue doing them.
Allowing negativity to thrive by whistling in the dark and pretending to ignore the bad stuff... That is not being positive. It is just enabling darkness in one’s life.