April 4, 2017
“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.”
Leo F. Buscaglia
One of the benefits of old age is the realization that almost all worrying is a waste of time. Too many of us fear the worst only to find out it seldom happens. I have had so many temporary reversals and major medical procedures that I have come to expect positive outcomes and I am seldom disappointed. Like I think I told you before I don’t worry until it is too late to worry and then all I heve to do is deal with reality when somethingdifficult happens.
Here are some words of wisdom written by Paul-Angone that tell how he overcomes worry.
Do What You Need to Do
I don’t do what I know I should be doing, and then I spend the rest of the time worried I’m not doing what I should be doing. Even an insane person would tell you that’s crazy. Often times the angst and anxiety that comes from worrying is much worse than the task we’re worried about.
- Make a “Wow! I’m Insanely Blessed” List
How many times have you come up against something that you thought, this time, without a doubt, you were dead meat. And then out of nowhere, the answer, the open door, the finances, the wisdom you needed arrives and everything works out better than you ever could’ve dreamed.
Your greatest fears that you were sure had no answer usually end up solving themselves.
We’ve been blessed so many times, so why do we continually keep expecting the opposite?
“Most folks are as happy as they have made up their minds to be.” Abraham Lincoln
- Get Intentional
I think many of us act like we’re puppets in a play and we’re waiting for something or someone to put us in the right place. We need to stop letting life just happen. We need to live on purpose. Nothing breeds worry like purposelessness.
Define what you want from this life and take steps towards it. The most important thing we can do with this life is actually live it.
- Make Plans (then make plans to make new plans)
You can’t have intentionality without making plans. Yet, don’t place your plans in stone. Make your plans with Play-Doh — malleable, adaptable, and fluid.
The more comfortable you are with the uncomfortable, the less you will worry when things become worrisome. Accept change. Make new plans. Then move forward.
- Stop Smoking Your iPhoneWe are the Refresh Generation – constantly getting a hit from our phone for the latest update. Some of us (myself included) need to admit we have a social media and iPhone addiction. And this addiction breeds in us Obsessive Comparison Disorder, worry, and anxiety.
We can’t fill every second where we should be resting and reflecting with frantic refreshing.
- Take a Creative Break
There are powerful healing and calming effects in taking time out to create something. The artists at Plumb write that taking an art break “boosts immune system functioning, reduces anxiety and stress reaction, aids healing, and, of course, increases creative growth.” Worried about something? Maybe it’s time to take out a pencil, water colors or Photoshop and get creative.
- Serve Others
Sometimes the best way you can be intentional about your life is being intentional about helping others.
Sometimes the best cure for your problems is by helping someone else solve theirs.
”People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.”
George Bernard Shaw
The decision to carry heart defibrillators on airplanes saved a passenger’s life on a Dallas flight. Unfortunately, his HMO only covers coronaries on round trip flights, purchased 14 days in advance with a Saturday stay over.
Three blondes had just bought a can of Pepsi One and were anxious to try it for the first time.
So the first blonde opens the can, the second blonde pours it into three glasses.
The third blonde eyes the three glasses suspiciously and says “I wonder which one has the calorie?”
One of the most difficult things in the world to do is convince a woman that even a bargain costs money.
Joe wanted to take up bowling, so his friend Dan decided to teach him about it. “First, you have to line your feet up with the center pin. Next, roll the ball down and try to knock down as many pins as you can, but DO NOT knock all of them down, or they cheat you out of your second ball!”
Forgiving is not forgetting. It’s letting go of the hurt.
How about a bit of wisdom from children:
When your dad is mad and asks you, “Do I look stupid?’ Don’t answer.
Hannah, age 9
Never tell your Mom her diet’s not working.
Michael, age 14
Don’t pull Dad’s finger when he tells you to.
Emily, age 10
When your Mom is mad at your dad, don’t let her brush your hair.
Taylia, age 11
If you want a kitten, start out by asking for a horse.
Naomi, age 15
When you get a bad grade in school, show it to your Mom when she’s on the phone.
Alyesha, age 13
Young man, the secret of my success is that at an early age I discovered I was not God.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
The customer in the Italian restaurant was so pleased that he asked to speak to the chef. The owner proudly led him into the kitchen and introduced him to the chef.
“Your pasta quattro formaggi was superb!” the customer said. “I just spent a month in Italy, and yours is better than any I had over there.”
“Naturally,” the chef said. “Over there, they use domestic cheese. Ours is imported.”
“Genius … is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one.”
A woman shopper had just about finished looking at all 50 trunks in the luggage department. When there was only one left, she said to the clerk,
“I don’t think I’m going to buy anything right now. I’m only looking for a friend.”
The tired & exasperated clerk replied,
“I’d be glad to let you look in this last one if you think that’s where she is.”
“There is a great difference between worry and concern. A worried person sees a problem, and a concerned person solves a problem.”
Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.
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