We all must remember that worrying is natural, and it comes to us all to a greater or lesser extent, apart from those lucky few. We all know one of the few. Blessed individuals just get on with it, seemingly without a care in the world.
“Live Each Day As If It’s Your Last
Because One Day It Will Be.”
There are, however, two types of things to worry about. Those things that matter and those things that do not. I often worry about the latter not the former which is a waste of my time. A long time ago my wife, who does not worry overly much, gave me a small book to read, ‘Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff’ by Richard Carlson. Carlson pointed out that most of our worrying time is spent on things that either don’t matter or are out of our control. I read it. Agreed with it. But it took me years to put its essential recommendation into practise. I now no longer ‘sweat the small stuff’.
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Why? Why years rather than weeks or months. Quite simply, it took years of gained experience for me to realise that all my worrying, and fretting, and stressing, never changed a single outcome. Worrying may bring my attention to a problem or force me to confront it, but it never ever solved a single problem that I faced at home or at work. Not one.
We know in our hearts that once we get rid of one problem, another one will come along and take its place. Only I, myself, can stop myself from worrying. Only you can rationalise your decision making. I suggest this. Worry without beating yourself up about it; worry as infrequently as possible.
And remember. Live each day as if its your last because one day you’ll be right.