A Letter from the Editor
by Mark A. Carroll
When my daughter worked with me several years ago, she posted the saying; “Due to extenuating circumstances, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off.” When I ﬁrst read that post, I laughed out loud. Then I started to realize that sometimes I felt that way and apparently my daughter felt that way at times herself. Do you ever get so overwhelmed with your current situation that you can’t see “the light at the end of the tunnel?” Or, do you sometimes feel that the light at the end of the tunnel is actually a train. I know I do, or I should say, did, at times.
Something that helped me overcome that feeling was a program I watched a couple of years ago, designed to help individuals deal with life’s problems. In one of the talks, the speaker told his audience to “reduce anxiety.” That speciﬁc point really hit me in the gut…basically where my anxiety took its greatest toll. I was so moved by the talk that I wrote “Reduce Anxiety” on my white board. I listened to the talk two years ago, but that expression is still at the top of my white board.
I think Robert Elliot knew exactly what he was talking about when he wrote down these two rules to follow: 1. “Don’t sweat the small stuff. 2. It’s all small stuff.” I used to make such a big thing out of such little things, until I realized that so much of what we deal with in life really doesn’t matter that much. The most important “things” in life, to me, are friends and family.
My wife and I are currently dealing with a health issue that has forced us to appreciate the simple things in life; a hug from a grandchild, a beautiful sunset, the gift of yet another day of life. Things that cost us nothing yet have more value than all of our earthly possessions.
As the Executive Editor of Developing Healthy Habits (DHH), I communicate with all of the companies that support our publication by advertising. They are the reason we are able to do what we do and provide this educational journal to the store/ofﬁce you picked it up from. Recently our sponsors have gone “above and beyond” by sending us products they know will be of beneﬁt to us during my wife’s recovery. I tell them they are part of the DHH family and by their expressions of love and concern, followed by their actions, I see that the feeling is mutual. My thanks go out to our sponsors for their concern and support and to our readers for helping DHH succeed for over 20 years.
Together In Health — Mark A. Carroll