Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.
Corrie Ten Boom
I am sure I told you before that I have found that not worrying until it was too late to worry has kept my life relatively peaceful over the years. I can’t remember if it has always been that way or if it is because I have had so much experience leaning how things usually turn out for the best. I know it sometimes drives my wife crazy that I just expect everything will be OK; unfortunately I think too often she worries for both of us.
I know frequntly nurses have been surprised that before a significant surgery I have been so relaxed that I have fallen asleep while waiting to get started. It may be somewhat irrational in the eyes of many but it sure works for me. If something does go wrong I would much rather deal with it then than having to make things wore by worrying in advance.
The late Zig Ziglar wrote an article about the futility of worrying about results. As always he is worth listening to, here are some of his thoughts on the futility of worry.
Worrying Makes Problems Worse – Worrying about the results will not change them. I certainly recognize that a certain amount of worry is just part of being human. People have concerns about many things. There are legitimate concerns about money and financial security. There are legitimate concerns about health issues, and there are concerns about our personal and professional relationships. People want all of these things to go well in their lives, and a certain amount of worry and concern is normal. But there is another kind of worry that is not only dangerous to your health; it is dangerous to your success. The kind of worry I’m talking about is “imagined worry.” Imagined worry is when you spend a lot of time thinking about the future and what might happen in your life that could be terrible. My late friend Mary Crowley said, “Worry is a misuse of the imagination,” and she hit the nail on the head with that remark.
Worry is the most significant factor that relates to the root of negative thinking. As a matter of fact, worry just might be the engine that starts negative thinking, and if you are involved in negative thinking, you will not expect to win. If you spend an excessive amount of time imagining all the bad things that can happen in your life, you will become a person who is problem-conscious, not solution-conscious.
Stop Worrying…Start Expecting – Worry is the result of thinking and imagining what might happen in the future. I want to stress the word “imagine.” The only reality people have is what is going on in their lives today. It is in the events of the day that life transpires, and anything based on tomorrow is pure speculation. I’ve learned that if you have planned and prepared, you can have reasonable expectations about the future. If you take care of your health through a good diet coupled with exercise, you can reasonably expect good health in the future. If you save and invest your financial resources, you can reasonably expect to have financial security in the future. If you live by principles of love and service to others, you can reasonably expect to have good personal relationships in the future. Good action today will produce good living tomorrow. Reasonably good expectations for tomorrow are based on positive thinking and prudent action today.
I Don’t Worry – Worrying is something I quit doing many years ago, and today I can honestly tell you that I don’t worry about anything–period! In fact, when the terrorist attack happened on 9/11 and I had to find a way to travel back home, I did not worry about the possibility of another attack. I believe if it is not my time, there’s not a terrorist on the earth who can change the will of God about what my lifespan should be. I never worry because I know who I am and I know Whose I am. I know that the principles I live by are true and correct. I also know that I always try to do the right thing, and when you do the right things in life, you don’t have to worry about results. As a matter of fact, if I’ve done the right thing every day I’m not even responsible for results. I just get the benefit of what I do, and the benefits are usually better than I could have hoped for.
Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.
Nathan is talking to his lawyer. “Here’s the deal, Abe. If you’re absolutely sure I’ll win the case, I’ll give you the business.”
“OK,” replies Abe, “but before I can give you my opinion, I obviously need to know the facts.”
So Nathan goes into great detail about his failed partnership and ends up saying, “So now you’ve heard everything, do you think I can sue my partner and get my money back?”
“Well,” replies Abe, “from what I’ve just heard, it’s clear to me that you will win. It’s rare to have such an open-and-shut case.”
Nathan goes very white when he hears this.
“What’s the matter?” asks Abe.
“I told you my partner’s side of the case,” replies Nathan.
Is it my imagination, or do Buffalo wings taste like chicken?
A couple had been married for 45 years and had raised a brood of 11 children and were blessed with 22 grandchildren. When asked the secret for staying together all that time, the wife replies, “Many years ago we made a promise to each other: the first one to pack up and leave has to take all the kids….”
Speak when you’re angry, and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.
Lawrence J. Peter
The restaurant where I took my two sons for a meal was crowded with fans watching a sporting event on television. The harried waitress took our order, but more than half an hour passed with no sign of her return.
I was trying to keep my kids from becoming restless when suddenly shouts of victory came from the bar.
“Hey,” commented my 11-year-old, “it sounds as if someone just got his food.”
“Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian.”
After reading an ad offering split, dry firewood for $60 a cord, including delivery, Ernie phoned in an order. During the drop-off, though, Ernie became upset. “That’s not a full cord of wood,” he objected.
“That’s what I call a cord,” the man answered firmly.
Grudgingly, Ernie fished around in his pocket and thrust some bills into the man’s hands.
“Hey, wait a minute,” the woodsman complained after counting the money.
“You only gave me $30.”
With a shrug of the shoulders, Ernie replied, “That’s what I call $60.”
Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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