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Don’t sweat the small stuff, just let it slide off like butter,” my mother always says to me when I get frustrated over little things.

There is this new game on iTunes that has become really popular among all ages. It’s called Angry Birds; I’m sure many of you have heard of it--it’s apparently an immense attraction. One day, I decided I’d heard so much of it that I wanted to see for myself what all the hype was about. Pretty soon, I was just as addicted to the game as everyone else.

It is actually quite surprising that this happened, because many other times I’ve tried to play games such as this one and it all too quickly becomes too boring or complicated for me to continue playing. But there is just something about this game! It is so completely intense and addictive; if you haven’t already played it I strongly suggest that you do (though I probably shouldn’t be advertising addiction).

The thing about this game is that it’s called Angry Birds, yet the player is the one who becomes angry. Exhibit A: myself, Elizabeth Camps. Countless times, I’ve found myself frustrated with the game, angry that I can’t seem to knock down all of the little green creatures (or whatever they are). And it is just so shocking to me how, along with the rest of the world, I get so angry with this insignificant game. Why is it that something so small affects me in such a large way?

Slide Right Off

Thinking about this, I came to the realization that this happens more often in many people’s lives than we realize. We let all these little things get to us and eat away at us, turning us into bitter people, turning us into angry people. Pondering over this a while and remembering my mother’s advice, I thought, what if we choose to not let the little things get to us and instead let it just slide right off? What if I let the anger from not knocking out the little green creatures just slide right off? What if I stop putting so much importance on the little things and simply not get angry instead?

What are the angry birds in your life? What are those little green creatures that always seem to get to you? What if you let the anger and frustration just slide right off? Would your life then have more room for happiness once it is less cluttered with anger?

Next time you find yourself sweating the small stuff, just remember what my mother says and let it slide right off. After all, mother knows best.

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