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Thanks Rosemary for this cute quote by “Snoopy Creator,” Charles Schultz! As you wrote in your email to me, with challengers all over the world now, this is especially relevant. All we have to do is look across the ocean and someone is already in tomorrow! For me, this quote brings home two important points. (1) How quickly a day goes by and (2) How unhelpful it is to spend our time worrying.
Worrying doesn’t “feel good.” It makes us anxious and stress-filled. So why do we do it in the first place? Worrying, like many negative emotions is a defense mechanism. We worry to protect ourselves from “what might happen.” We worry in order to avoid taking “the next step.”
However, like many defense mechanisms, “worry” doesn’t protect us, instead it creates a wall that blocks off possibility. Worry invites us to be immobile, to “stay still,” to wait “for a better time.” However, life isn’t lived behind a wall. Life is lived out in the wide-open when we take chances and chase down dreams. When we use worry as a wall in our world, we not only block out our fear of “what might happen,” but we also block out the good.
I have shared before the statistic that 98% of what we worry about never happens. Yet when we spend our time worrying, we also ensure that 98% of what we want out of life won’t happen.
Where have you been using “worry” to hide from life? Today, take a step toward knocking down that wall and seeing how beautiful it is on the other side.
I climb over worry and into joy.
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