"It makes no sense to worry
about things you have no control over
because there's nothing you can do about them,
and why worry about things you do control?
The activity of worrying keeps you immobilized."
-- Wayne Dyer
Worry is taught in school, at home, at the office, on the television, radio, and the Internet. It is everywhere. We are thoroughly trained in worry even without classes called Worry 1 or Worry 2.0. Worry is so pervasive that it is impossible to avoid hearing it, reading it, even thinking it. Yet, we all should know by now that all of that is just a lie.
Here's some sentiments about worry to consider:
"Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere." -- Glenn Turner
"Worry is the only insupportable misfortune of life." -- Henry Saint John
"Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith." -- Henry Ward Beecher
"I have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened." -- Mark Twain
"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength." -- Corrie Ten Boom
"Drag your thoughts away from your troubles. . . by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it." -- Mark Twain
Worry is sinister and is like a wolf in sheep's clothing. The solution is always simple, yet not always easy. There are two parts to the solution.
The first is being aware that you are worrying. It is like being outside yourself observing yourself being worried. Look at how uptight you are, how immobilized you are, how you have an extended length movie going on in your head about all the different scenarios that "could be." It's just like watching CNN all day long. So often, we don't pay attention to ourselves and especially from that perspective.
The second part is incredibly simple: think a more pleasing thought. Then keep doing that. It matters little what the thought is or on what subject. One thing is certain, you have to get it off your troubles. Sometimes, I think of being on the beach in Maui in a beach chair close to the sand with my hand and forearm in the sand and I'm filling my hand and emptying it. I have a Mai Tai ice cold. The breeze is so pleasant. The water is lapping on the beach near me. I can hear music playing a little way down the beach. I'm looking at Lanai and Molokai, feeling the warmth of the sun and drinking all of these things in. My troubles have vanished. I have no troubles. I am on the beach in paradise. . .
Try It. You'll Like It.
Spread Some Joy Today--Worry will make your life blurry. Don't worry. Be happy!