Worry is a natural part of life, in a small dose, it’s helpful. But too much worry can distract and paralyze you. It crowds out the good in your life and keeps you focused on your problems, which only makes them seem worse. It’s like giving a steroid to your mini-minny problems that if you examine at it closely, most of the time it never happens. An old man was asked what had robbed him of joy the most of his lifetime. He replied, “Things that never happened.” I heard someone say it best: Worry is wasting today’s time to clutter up tomorrow’s opportunities with yesterday’s trouble.
Consider the things human beings worry about. The average individual’s worries can be divided into four categories (I get this somewhere in a scientific journal): First, there are things that will never happen, which constitute 40% of worries. Second, there are things over and past that can’t be changed by all the worry in the world, and they are another 30% of the total. Third, there are petty, needless worries, which constitute 22%. Fourth, there are legitimate worries, and these are only 8% of the whole.
Now my dear friends, which category of worry is you struggling with right now? Remember: Worry is wasting today’s time to clutter up tomorrow’s opportunities with yesterday’s trouble.
THINK BIG. START SMALL. GO DEEP.