Many Troubles in My TimeAuthor: Catherine Pulsifer, © 2011
Worrying about issues unnecessarily can cause both psychological and physical distress. A lot of times, what we worry about never comes true. To quote the words said by Winston Churchill , "When I look back on all the worries I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which never happened." And very similar thoughts from Mark Twain, "I've seen many troubles in my time, only half of which ever came true."
I often think of the saying, "Ninety percent of the things we tend to worry about we have no control over, so why worry about them?" And, many times I find what I do worry about never comes true. Think about the last few things you were worrying about - did they happen?
When you find yourself worrying, ask yourself, "Can I do anything about it?" If you can, then take the required action to eliminate the worry. If you can't do anything about it, or if it is beyond your control, then don't waste your time worrying! Instead try and find something good about the situation and focus on that.
Read the words of Buddha, "The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly." They are great words to remember when something is troubling you!
If you are looking for relief to your worries then do something. Being busy, helping others, focus your mind on other things will bring you stress relief. And, you may find that it will also help bring things into perspective.
When you worry, you are not focused on solutions. You are allowing unproductive negative thinking to overrule your positive thinking. Worrying never leads to any productive results, it only reinforces the negative. Remember the song, "Don't Worry, Be Happy" - there is a lot of wisdom in those words.
One of my favorite thoughts on worrying was said by Arthur Somers Rache, "Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained." So don't encourage worry, don't let it drain your thoughts and energy.
The only thing you will ever accomplish by worrying is to elevate your stress level.
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