Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Worry - Part 3

Worry is a choice. Did you ever think of worry as being a choice? Or did you think it was automatic and natural?

Worry is a choice, that we select, and maybe, have selected for years. Many of our thinking patterns are choices, but have been selected so many times that the thinking pattern such as worry, occurs "automatically."

We need to break the worry habit. And we have to stop the hamster wheel in our brains from running out of control.

What we worry about just about never occurs that way we think it will turn out. What we are doing is projecting the past, on to the future. Our previous experience makes us worry what could happen.

How can you prevent worry? Or reduce worry? First, recognize it as a thought pattern. Stop right then and there and see it as such. Look at it detached in your mind's eye. See the worry as a "thing" or an object. This will help you detach from it. This actually helps.

Second, decide if there is something you can do about it. If there is, take the preventive measures that it does not affect you (or your loved ones).

If it is someone else's worry, you cannot worry for them.

If you cannot do something about the worry, then, turn it over to God or your HP. He will worry about it.

One more thing about worry from the Orient. "You cannot prevent birds of worry from flying around your head, but can stop them from making nests in your hair."

Got it? Fleeting thoughts are normal. Having them roost in your brain can be disastrous.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A while back I saw a book, I don't remember where. It was a children's book about worry. It described worry as a tomato plant, that the more energy (water, fertilizer) you give the worry/plant, the bigger it gets.

Oh! I found it on amazon. Look here (and no, I have no affiliation with either amazon or the book)

Maybe I'll go buy a copy because the metaphor is so simple, and one I need to be reminded of. I should probably keep it on my desk for easy reference...

I frequently worry myself to exhaustion. If mine were a tomato plant, it would be huge.