We as a nation have been living life large and are now struggling to adjust to small living. We are used to getting most of what we want, not delaying gratification and expecting that we can control our own destiny. Time for a wake-up call. We now realize that this mentality doesn’t work and got us in major trouble. This is a time for major correction and a time for major growth. In my practice I’ve encouraged patients to look at lifestyle changes, attitude adjustments, and refocusing efforts. Mind you, this is a painful process and doesn’t occur overnight. Like everything in life, how we approach change and hardship is more significant than the hardship itself. How are you coping with your specific hardships? Are your coping choices exacerbating your hardships and adding complications to your life? This would include using alcohol or drugs to escape. Or are you choosing healthy alternatives to help you cope? Just like you, I don’t always make the right choices in life, but I do try to catch my mistakes and make corrections early. So how can you embrace living small? It can be as simple as cutting back on spending, but I’m suggesting a more dramatic change. Find replacement activities that provide joy with little or no cost. Refocus your energy on giving back (maybe time) rather than consuming goods in order to feel good. Life is ten percent what happens to us and ninety percent how we react to it. Remember that when you change the way you look at things, things change the way they look.