Of all life’s emotions, worry is the biggest waste of time there is. It doesn’t accomplish anything. It makes us sick. It upsets others. In general, it’s a total wet blanket.
So why do we participate in such an unproductive habit?
Because it is a habit.
And we find that we worry about things we simply cannot control. We worry about dying. Well, we’re all going to die. We just don’t know when. We worry about things going on half a world away. It certainly is important to be knowledgeable about world events, but to worry about them will only shorten your life.
Instead of spending your life worrying, get out there and live it. Go do something fun. Take your mind of your worrying tendencies.
Most people see work as a necessary evil, without it we couldn’t support ourselves. But don’t spend your life worrying so much that you live to work. Instead, turn that around and work to live. Spend your money and your time away from work truly living your life. Be so busy enjoying your life that you don’t have time to worry, or better yet, you completely forget to worry.
We have a friend, probably one of our oldest and dearest friends, but his name really should be Eeyore. Everything with him is doom and gloom. When we pointed that out to him he denied it, vehemently. But after pointing it out to him, we made a point to notice when he was fussing or worrying about something that he couldn’t do anything about. Gently, we’d remind him that we want to spend time enjoying him, but we wouldn’t worry with him. If he wanted to worry, we would go do something fun and he could let us know when he was done.
Finally, he got it. I don’t know that he stopped worrying totally, but eventually he would laugh any time we threatened to cut our time together short. He finally said, “OK, guys. Let’s have fun. I’ll worry when you’re gone.”
That’s one way of having your cake and eating it too, right?