“One of the most tragic things about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our … Continue reading
“I can start my day over anytime I choose.” ~Brook Noel Good morning! While my mother and I were chatting recently, she reminded me of something I had done as a little girl. Every once in a while, she … Continue reading
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.” ~Chinese Proverb Submitted by Reader Rhonda Miga Good morning! Rhonda included this note in her email: I think this applies to … Continue reading
“Life just is. You have to flow with it. Give yourself to the moment. Let it happen.” ~Governor Jerry Brown Good morning! Today’s quote offers some great advice. One of my biggest challenges has been relinquishing control. As an … Continue reading
“When you make a mistake, don’t look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your … Continue reading
“A man can do only what he can do. But if he does that each day he can sleep at night and do it again the next day.” ~Albert Schweitzer Good morning! Those of you who have taken the … Continue reading
A woman was waiting at an airport one night With several long hours before her flight She hunted for a book in the airport shop Bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop She was engrossed in … Continue reading
“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.” Charles Schultz Good morning! Thanks, Rosemary, for this cute quote by “Snoopy Creator,” Charles Schultz! As you wrote in your email to me, with challengers … Continue reading
“Shrink your worry list. Examine areas in your life where anxiety rules. Does your worrying really make a positive difference in those situations? If not, dump the worry.” ~from Checklists for Life Good morning! Today’s quote is practical in nature, … Continue reading
”Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.” Charles Schultz
Good morning! This quote by Snoopy Creator, Charles Schultz brings home two important points: (1) How quickly a day goes by and (2) How unhelpful it is to spend time worrying.
Worrying doesn’t feel good, it makes people anxious and stress-filled. So why do people worry? Worrying, like many negative emotion 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, and to wait “for a better time.”
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.
Studies have shown ninety-eight percent of what we worry about never happens. If we spend our time worrying we lose valuable time that could be spend on what we do want to happen in our lives.
Where have you been using worry to hide from life? Take a step toward knocking down the wall of worry by choosing one area not to worry about. Direct your thoughts toward possibilities instead of limits. Break down the wall that worry builds to see how wonderful opportunity is on the other side.
I climb over worry and into joy.