It is easy for any of us to "get bent out of shape" over big and little things alike.
But if we sort of zoom out a little and see the larger perspective of things then perhaps we can realize that while our problems may be big for us, they are really small in comparison to the bigger picture or G-d's eye view.
Yes, to us, little can be big, and big can be little, but if we could just recognize that we are part of something so much more, we can get that finer-tuned perspective on what's truly important and what's more trivial.
It doesn't mean that our feelings of hurt, pain, loneliness, or injustices in the world are not important.
They are significant for us to try to deal with them and make things better.
Yet, we cannot go back in time and right all the wrongs, and we cannot change all the things about ourselves that we'd like to in a presto change-O wave of the hand moment.
Life, change, and improvement are incremental.
Sometimes, we make progress only then to fall back some.
But overall, we need to keep the momentum of positive change for ourselves, forward.
But why are we even here?
My wife said something the other day as follows:
"We are here in order to learn why we are here!"
Sounds confusing, but really maybe it's not.
Our souls are sent here in the temporary vessels of our mortal bodies.
We are here so we can spend time here in this complex and interactive world, and learn from our relationships, positively and negatively with each other.
The learning corrects our soul's imperfections and makes us better human and spiritual beings and brings us closer to G-d.
At the same time that we are here, we should make it as pleasant as possible for ourselves and each other (but not over-the-top in a nihilistic and debauchery type of way).
Stay fit, support yourselves and your family, live reasonably comfortably, so that you can pursue your karmic-driven learning and growth toward inner perfection.
Like Buddha, we seek to purify our souls before they return to our Maker.
In the realm of things, we are a very small microscopic human insect, but in the bigger picture, we are part of the ultimate magnanimous giving of opportunity to fix and maybe even come close to perfecting ourselves to be more like our beautiful and merciful Creator. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)