Worry

imagesOne of the new additions to the field of Republicans running for President said that the primary  reason he tossed his hat into the ring is because he is “worried about the direction of the country”. People worry about all kinds of things. Beginning as kids, our worry engines fire up as we fret about such things as the bogyman, getting our share and zits. Once turned on worry probably never completely shuts down. Even though both the Bible and Doctor Phil tell us not to worry, most of us seem to roll right along with our worry engines firing on all eight cylinders.

Growing up, my big brothers used to say that my head was pointed. I worried a lot about that — not so much now. I worked with a man for years who constantly worried that he might be going bald. Having gone through my pointed head experience, I understood where he was coming from. All that worry was for naught.  Yes, his hair is still falling out, but bald is now sexy.

One study has determined that you are apt to worry about:

  1. Things that never happen: 40 percent.
  2. Things over and past that cannot be changed by all the worry in the world: 30 percent.
  3. Needless worries about our health: 12 percent.
  4. Petty, miscellaneous worries: 10 percent.
  5. Real, legitimate worries: 8 percent.

Only 8 percent of your worries are worth concerning yourself about. Ninety-two percent are pure smoke with no substance at all.

For many years, going all the way back to my high school days, I was a political junkie. I kept up with all the national races, watched every debate and always had a candidate whom I strongly supported. Sometimes I even used bumper stickers!  During that period of my life, I worried about who would win and who would lose. In some races it was almost like life or death for me.  After wasting all that time, I finally figured out that it did not really matter; nothing in Washington seems to change much for the average person no matter whom is elected. One day it dawned on me that I was wasting way too much emotional energy on something over which I had absolutely no control. I stopped worrying about politics.

Worry sucks the juice out of our brains to the point that that we often miss the good things in life. They say that life is good. It is even better when you do not worry about things you cannot control.

Something to think about.

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