Why Worry?

Why Worry Lane

Oh my!…We are a bunch of "Worry-Warts" (remember that term?)  We worry about the weather, what we are going to wear, what we look like, about our jobs, our children, what others think of us, about school, our grand kids, our marriage, our bills, our friends or lack of friends, etc.  We worry about everything under the sun; we even worry about the sun! This seems to be a continual, non exhaustive habit.

It saddens me to hear people fret and to see stress on their faces and in their eyes, because worrying does absolutely no good.  I liken it to guilt…they are both unnecessary emotions (that is, if we let them make a permanent home in our mind and heart). The purpose of guilt and worry is to trigger a warning in your brain, to let you know you are heading in the wrong direction.  The trigger is there so that you can take action, and move in a more beneficial direction. 

We do, however…somehow get stuck there and dwell in it. Sometimes we don’t take action, and instead we let it linger and grow and fester and prevail. That’s unhealthy for us and the people we encounter.

Let’s dissect this a bit, shall we? Answer honestly: Does worrying help the situation? Does it make you feel good? Does it clear your mind so you can take positive and constructive action? Is it attractive? I would say “No” to all of these questions. So…if it does no good, why do we do it? As an added bonus…when we worry about “stuff”…usually that “stuff” never even occurs! What a waste of time and energy!

Here’s what I say:

Worrying is using your imagination to create something you don’t want.

(You attract what you think about, whether you want it or don’t want it!)

Here’s what Jesus says:

Matthew 6:27"Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?"

 

If you think back to a time when you worried about something (it could have been earlier today, a year ago, when you were a young child), and then you evaluate the process, the actions (or lack of) and the outcome.  I can bet that the worrying part did not help at all.  In fact, I can safely bet that it hindered you and made the situation more difficult emotionally!  Hind sight is 20/20…but now that we are aware of this, we can change our thinking and behavior and become non-worriers!

 

WOW! So now that we all agree that worrying does no good…let’s make a pact. Let’s all try to do something spectacular! Let’s all try to make a shift! Let’s all be aware and conscious and present! When we feel worried, or hear ourselves complaining and worrying about something that may or may not happen, when we think worrisome thoughts…Let’s All Stop! Take a deep breath! Remind ourselves of all these rational thoughts we just read! Read the wise words of Jesus! And…Turn our worry into positive action!

 

Comments

  1. Great reminder!! I love the book Calm my Anxious Heart!! It also has some great insight!! Loved your post!

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