Editorials Pith and Perspective January 29, 1998 Share 1 -- The most popular item at the Caribbean hotel conference in Cancun was not the name badge or the list of suppliers or the peso-conversion chart. Nope, a slim paperback book outdistanced even bottled water in popularity. "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff," by Richard Carlson, first published in 1961 and reissued last year, is clearly on the comeback trail. The chapters are brief, no more than a page-and-a-half each, full of pith and perspective. One delegate, who spent more than 20 hours getting to Cancun from Bonaire due to canceled flights and overbookings, claimed she'd read the book four times. She suggested the second chapter be required reading for anyone trying to travel to or within the Caribbean during the winter season. The chapter is titled "Make Peace With Imperfection."