“I’ve been through some terrible things in my life; some of which actually happened.” – Mark Twain
“Worry is a waste of imagination.” – Walt Disney
Worrying is anxiety. Anxiety is fear. Fear is a legitimate emotion about possible threats to our life, identity or wellbeing. Worrying is using fear to create fantasies about all the bad things that might happen to you. Which creates more anxiety. And the small but mighty vicious cycle repeats itself.
Worrying is not only a waste of the imagination, it’s a waste of life energy. It’s getting lost in all the unfriendly “what if’s” of the future. I imagine the phenomenon of worrying has helped us survive as a species. But does worrying help you thrive as a person?
What’s true for me is that when I’m worrying about a future that hasn’t happened yet, I’m less likely to be acting to create a future that I want.
So if you find yourself worrying, e.g. “I’ll never be able to…”, “I’ll miss out on…”, “What will I do if…?” – What are you going to do instead? Do you have an anti-worry strategy.
If you were a skilled worrier before you got sick, I’m betting you’ve become a certified professional now. But it’s a habit. And just like other habits, there ain’t no easy fix, but it can be broken. What’s your first step to breaking the habit of worrying?
Worrying doesn’t work. If it did, we’d have nothing to worry about would we? ~Z
“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorry. It empties today of its strength” – Corrie Ten Boom