Someone confided in me that they were dealing with a difficult problem and had to listen to their neighbor complain at length about a difficulty they were dealing with. He said it felt like being in a burn ward and hearing someone break down over a paper cut.
And then I witnessed it for myself.
The issue he was dealing with wasn’t just that the other person was upset about something small, but because they were upset over something which could have practically been ignored.
And then I realized we all do this.
The details are important. Getting lost in the details is a waste of time.
After seeing this from the outside, I was able to remind myself to take a step back, take a deep breath, and focus on the important things any time I began to over-emphasize the impact of something trivial.