09.02.2016 – Day 40
Some emotions can serve us well. Fear can keep us alive. So can hope, for that matter. Sadness can help us to understand what we value. Trust allows us to be our true selves with those we care about. Love creates bonds and feelings of connection. Patience provides us with a greater sense of calm. Anticipation allows us to enjoy not only the event, but the lead up to it.
And then there’s worry.
What good does worry do?
So many people spend so much time doing it that it has to provide some value, doesn’t it?
We worry about what people think of us. We worry about money. We worry about our loved ones, the planet, our own futures. But why?
Honestly, I’m not sure. Maybe it’s our way of dealing with the unknown. Rather than being patient and waiting to see what happens or actually doing something constructive about our situation, we creatively run scenario after scenario around in our heads filling it with a whirlwind of worries.
To what end?
As this image suggests, worry is the epitome of inefficient use of time. Whether or not your problems are real, worry does absolutely nothing to help resolve them. So like the image and the song both say, “Don’t worry, be happy.”
The latter is a way better use of your time – every time! Happiness is an emotion that will serve you and your life far better, so I repeat, “Don’t worry. Be happy.”
Thanks to Kathleen for today’s musing idea and my apologies for the ear worm!