We waste too much time worrying about the things we can’t control. Does my boss like me? Will my company downsize and put me in the the streets? Are terrorists stealing nukes? Will the airplane crash? Are antibiotic resistant disease about to create the Mother of the Plagues? Will Aunt Lila like my gift? On and on it goes…..
Usually there’s little we can do to influence these events. If someone doesn’t like you, it’s usually because of a personality conflict. How can you change that and remain true to yourself? Impossible! If you wind up on welfare, it’s the economy, stupid. Don’t worry, be resourceful – plan for economic chaos and you won’t be left out in the cold. Nuclear black market and terrorists? What does that have to do with you? Write your elected preventatives and express your concern – then let it go. Unless you’re the pilot, you have absolutely no control of the airplane – whether its gets to your destination on time or falls out of the sky. Listen to the flight attendant and notice the flight procedures – and then relax – you have no control.
Sure, there are little things we can do that may influence such events, but I believe the amount of your worry should be proportionate to your ability to control the outcomes.
It pays to be prepared, to be somewhat cautions and definitely concerned about threatening issues. But when all is said and done, the only real control you have is over your own decisions in life. Make good ones, and the rest of your worries fall into the proper perspective.
If you are worried about money, remember Howard Hughes. He was brilliant, good looking, rich and famous – smart as a whip. He dined with movie stars, presidents, and kings. The he started worrying. He worried about germs and microbes, and wound up hermit living in an airtight penthouse in Las Vegas with the drapes drawn shut to keep the bugs away. Guess what? He died anyway.
When you begin to worry, go find something to do. Get busy being a blessing to someone; do something fruitful. Talking about your problem or sitting alone, thinking about it, does no good; it serves only to make you miserable. Above all else, remember that worrying is totally useless. Worrying will not solve your problem. – Joyce Meyer