What does it mean to make a mountain out of a molehill? It means that we make a big deal about nothing, that we turn a minor issue into a major issue, that we exaggerate something way out of proportion.
Life always brings its daily problems. Some are big, some are small and we need to determine which ones need to be addressed and which ones need to be dismissed. Otherwise, we will be wasting a large part of our lives dealing with unnecessary things.
We need to stop and ask ourselves a couple of questions:
- Does this issue really matter? Is it important enough to address and will it even matter tomorrow, next week or next month?
- How will my reaction to this issue impact the people involved?
When we make a big issue out of something that is not really a big deal, we risk a breakdown in communication with others. Looking back at my life, I realize that I made a lot of mountains out of mole hills – the result was bigger mole hills and more problems. I still do make a big deal about some minor issues, but I’ve learned how to control my reactions, so most of my mole hills stay small.
Learning to stop and think and not to react quickly when life situations happen can help us live a happier, more peaceful life. Life is way too short to take everything too seriously – just the important stuff!