Why Worry?

Precisely.Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.

And sometimes it’s worth $268.1m.

This is not the latter case although one could, in theory, argue that the picture attached to this particular post is really priceless because it could possibly add the one thing you can’t buy to your life: time.

(how about THAT for an opening to convince you to read my post?)

(and yes, I realize I should have had a slightly different title with a picture of Alfred E. Neuman but I didn’t – so don’t worry about it…)

Seriously, though, “don’t worry, be happy” is a great motto to live by.  I try to live by it and I would say I’m pretty happy on the whole when all is said and done.

Worry provides absolutely no practical value to the equation of life.  All it does is give us a temporary “high” (I like to think of it as the “pity high”) and likely shorten our lifespan.  Why?  Because either things are beyond our control (and hence worry doesn’t change the outcome) or things are within our control (and only action can change the outcome).  There is no place where worry actually does improve the quality of life or change the outcome.

I suppose that’s technically not true.  You could worry about whether you’re going to lose your job, end up getting severe ulcers as a result and go on FMLA, thereby protecting yourself from being let go…at least for the time being (or something like that).  I’m sure if we collectively thought hard about it we could figure out another scenario or two, but the point is – WORRY DOESN’T HELP.

Yes, it really is that simple.  For most of us (myself included) it’s a change in approach and is a habit we have to “unlearn”.  THAT is the difficult part – not trying to figure out if it’s legit or makes sense or works (because it does, period).  I know I still worry about stuff, but when I figure out that I’m in that mode I do one of two things – either let it go (harder than it sounds…but absolutely possible) if I can’t control it or figure out what I need to do to change it if I can control it.

Just some random thoughts for the day while I’m out partying and celebrating Nan’s birthday at her birthday extravaganza!

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