We all have different marks on the worry scale. While how little some people worry is in itself worrying (pun intended), some others worry like they studied the art of worrying till university level.
I remember once being worried at the thought that I would not get enough sleep and that in itself kept me awake (insert smiley face here).
Worrying is one of many responses to current or imminent situations. Mostly unfavourable situations.
While the two extremes of the worry scale are concerning the ‘worriers’ seem to be the group with the least health benefits.
While I do not profess to have the solution to worrying neither have I overcome the monster called worry, I have learnt some simple and obvious truths over the years.
99% of the things I worry about never happen.
We both know this, then why do we still worry? The answer is simple! Some of us like worrying! We think to ourselves “I cannot help worrying, it is what makes me who I am” or “I am a mother (or father or whatever you are) and I must be seen to worry”.
The truth is we mustn’t worry. No one is made to worry.
Worrying dries up your creative juices.
So what have I learnt to do when Monster Worry comes knocking on my door? I keep it shut. Ok, seriously, I see worry as a warning signal. For example, I find that I am starting to get worried about having nothing to say at an event where I’m a speaker. It’s an indication that I have left things too late and better start getting ready.
I also find my faith to come in handy whenever worry comes around particularly as it relates to issues beyond my control. I simply hand it over to my Maker.
On a final note to all the non-worriers. Don’t worry if you don’t worry enough. You are doing just fine.