Does worry serve or support us?
Our mind perceives a potential threat and becomes stuck on seeking an answer or solution, a way forward to a safer or more secure state where everything is more predictable, controlled or orderly. This is worry. For some, worry leads to anxiety.
For every behaviour, there is a perceived mental pay-off. What’s the pay-off for the time we devote to this practise of worrying?
Do we feel better for worrying? Or worse? Does it rob us of valuable time and energy?
“Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow”
“Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know.
That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else”
~ Sara Blakely (American businesswoman)
Worry takes our attention away from the present, from what is real and we are dwelling in possibilities – either in the past, or the possible future. The more possible outcomes, the more we worry, and the harder it is to let go. It makes us feel helpless or trapped.
Sara Blakely’s words can apply to many different situations.
Let your uncertainty be your strength.
More on worrying here.
How do you see worry? Does it serve a purpose for you? What have you found effective in counteracting worry?
Everyone’s opinion is important. What is yours?
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I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader.
Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned.
Quotes, like proverbs, make us think more deeply about something.