The 5×5 Rule

“If it’s not going to matter in five years, don’t spend more than five minutes worrying about it”

We all come across people in our lives who will put us down, hurt our feelings, and make us feel less than who we are. Sure, it stings a little bit and it may make us shed a tear or two and wonder why, but I can promise you that these people will not matter in five years.

You will come across people on the train ride to work who look at you badly, or the woman at the post office who laughs at your foreign accent, or the barista at Starbucks who gets your fancy coffee order wrong. Here’s some advice: don’t spend more than five minutes worrying about it. If your current relationship is constantly making you feel down about yourself, makes you feel less than worthy and you are spending more than five minutes worrying about it, then end it. If your job is constantly giving you tension headaches, and stressing you out until you lose sleep, quit. If you stub your toe when you wake up or spill your coffee getting into the car, I can promise you that it won’t matter in 5 years, 5 weeks or even 5 minutes.

The next time someone upsets you, or something doesn’t go the way you planned it to, think of how this will affect you in 5 years. If it has no detrimental impact on your life, let it go in under 5 minutes.

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