No Worries

Are you a worry wart? Constantly looking for the other shoe to drop? Can you spot the bad in everything? Consistently ready for a fight? On edge and skiddish? Waiting for the next betrayal or person to let you down? Why are you so worried? Life is too short to be this wound up. Especially so tightly that no one can get in. Are you worried about being worried? Relax, life is meant to be lived not feared.

Aren’t we all tired of people that are constantly on the lookout out for the worst to happen?  They really are a drain. Energy vampires that suck the life out of everyone around them. These people could take a sugar high down. Worriers take the fun out of everything, and they do it on purpose. Why? They don’t know how to have fun, or enjoy life themselves so they feel it’s their duty to make sure everyone knows about the down side of any and everything. Sheesh.

Ever try to bounce an idea off these types? It bounces right back, in your face, hard. They don’t want to see the bright side of anything. God forbid you actually succeed at anything, they can tell you the downside of that too. They seem to think that if they don’t alert you to the worst that can happen, you’re too stupid to realize that it can. I mean really, taking risks is not without some problems. That’s why it’s called taking a risk. You have to take a chance and step out into the unknown. It’s also a path to growth. Something the worried don’t want to attempt. Imagine having something go right? And, get stronger, more confident, and able to handle more for it? What a concept.

Worry is counterproductive. It keeps you from sleeping at night. It turns people off, and it makes you miserable. It can also be addicting. Think about it: worries get attention. If you’re the one that’s pointing out all the bad that can happen, then all eyes are on you. Sad, but true. And, it can cause others to start to see things that weren’t there too. It’s good to be aware to the down side, but that should never overshadow the good. It takes more energy to worry, and it doesn’t help.

Instead of worrying about something, ask yourself these 4 questions that Dr Benjamin Carson asks before he performs brain surgery on his patients: What’s the worst thing that can happen if I do this? What’s the worst thing that can happen if I don’t do this? What’s the best thing that can happen if I do this? What’s the best thing that can happen if I don’t this? Valid questions that empower you, help you think things through, and make wise decisions.

It’s simple, but not easy to live a life worry free. You have to have faith to be able to do anything in life. “No faith, know fear. Know faith, no fear.” A great quote, not sure where I saw it first, but it’s true. Have faith in yourself and others. Even a higher power is good. Worry is aggravates stress, and stress can kill you. So why give into something that can end you? Worry is time consuming, and mind numbing, so don’t give into it. Most of what you worry about isn’t going to happen anyway, so why bother?

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