Thursday, December 7, 2017

Borrowing Worry

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy. ~Leo Buscaglia

The future is such an unknown.  Starting from the next moment until the moment of death an infinite number of things can happen in our lives.

Some paths are ones you make:

  • Do you take this route or that route to your next appointment?  
  • Do you take this job or that one?  
  • Do you make this goal a priority or that one?  

Other paths are outside of your control but can affect you just as much  . .  . or more.

A sure-fire way to ruin a good day though, is to borrow worry from those possible futures.  Worry is a very real thing.  It can weigh you down and make it hard to function.  Worrying about all the possible "mights" is a poor investment.  The pay-off for borrowing worry from the future is just more worry.  It's a losing bet that's collected daily.

This is not to say that we shouldn't think about our possible futures.  We should plan and strive and do our best to make our tomorrows what we want them to be.  Planning isn't the same as worrying though.  Planning is a weight lifter.

Recognizing that you only have so much control and letting the worry about the future pass through you and over you can make today a good day. 
Don't borrow worry from the future.  Leave it where (and when) it is so that you can invest in the now.

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