I read an interesting article the other day about worrying. Not normally the topic at the top of my reading list, but it seemed interesting nonetheless. The article explained what worrying is, why we do it, and then offered some advice about how to just cool it and worry a bit less. Easier said than done, I suppose. But we all know those who worry incessantly about things that don't even need to be worried about, whose minds are consumed with the worries of "what ifs" and the thoughts of the most horrible things that can go wrong in any situation.
Now, there are times when worrying is completely justified and appropriate, and I think a bit of worrying is healthy- it keeps us on our toes and keeps our attention at its peak. But those times should be reserved for things that really warrant worry and in situations that we can actually control. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that as Optimists, we have a bit of an advantage over the average Worrier. The more we think positively, the less we will worry about the things that go on in our every day lives, and the more we can enjoy our presence in the day.
I thought today's featured quote would be just perfect for this topic and I hope you do too.
Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy. ~Leo BuscagliaAh, so true. It's important to keep this in mind and recite it every time we are feeling a bit anxious. Chances are we just need to hear that little soothing voice inside of our heads to calm us down a bit, and we'll be feeling better in no time. We've got to be able to take pleasure in the joys in our life right now, because they may not be around tomorrow. Worrying only takes this ability away from us.
So let's make a promise to think positively and work on cutting out some of our worries. I bet that we will soon notice a renewed joy in our lives and be able to better enjoy the little things that life has to offer us.
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