Worry has been described as a prayer for what we don’t want or a negative contribution to the future. I admit that I used to be a worry wart – I would agonize for days and sometimes weeks over things. I’d worry about my health, my money, my career, my family, my dog, my supply of fruit snacks. Nothing was too big or too small for me to stress about. These were typically things I had no control over which made the worry that much more useless and destructive.
Here’s the thing: The best thing we can do at any moment is to be totally present. We are not served by nervously awaiting the worst. We’re better served by asking ourselves a few key questions:
-What is the real issue here?
-What am I really afraid of?
-What’s the worst that could possibly happen?
-What are my options if the worst thing happens?
-What’s the best thing that could happen?
-What are my options if the best thing happens?
After that, we can let it go and trust that by setting good intentions and taking positive action, we’ve done our part and things will work out as they should. If you’re worried, take action. Action is fear and anxiety repellant. Act, then release. No other path is worth the stress.
I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite quotes on worry:
If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today. ~E. Joseph Cossman
Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow. ~Swedish Proverb
We are more disturbed by a calamity which threatens us than by one which has befallen us. ~John Lancaster Spalding
Recommended Reading: How to Stop Worrying and Start Living