I know people who worry a lot…they are always worrying. They are anxious and unhappy and they refuse to give up their daily habit of dwelling on what is going wrong, what might go wrong and those things that already went wrong.
They are obsessed with all of the possibilities life might provide. They rarely revel in the here and now.
Life is a precious gift. A Gift that is sadly wasted when we don’t properly enjoy the heres and nows because we are so engrossed with the what if’s and what might be’s. Of course, the what if’s and what might be’s rarely materialize. However, when they do, it has been my experience that the Lord always provides a way to deal with them.
I have found that planning for the future and setting goals and then using each day to work towards those goals is a wonderful way to live my life. I love being able to bask in the blessings of each day as they are proferred to me.
If you find it difficult to let go of your worries, try a gratitude journal or a nice long walk with the intent of seeing all of the beauty that nature has to offer. You CAN change your thoughts and you CAN change your perspective if you choose to be deliberate about it!
As you read today’s story, think about your own life. If you had only a year to live, would you want to live your lift differently than you are currently living it?
I hope today’s story gives you lots of food for thought!
Parable About Worry
Joe is a typical guy that has what most of us want. He has success, a wonderful career, a luxurious lifestyle and a wonderful family.
Still, Joe worries about a lot of things:
- He worries about his project that’s connected to his promotion
- He worries about how he can multiply his current income
- He worries about the scholastic achievement of his first son
- He worries about winning the golf tournament
- He worries about his wife cold treatment when he stays up too late working
- He worries about the island he wants to purchase
- He worries about getting the presidential position of his business club
- And his list of worries just keeps on going on
Then one day, he was hospitalized for a week with severe hypertension . While in the hospital, Joe continues to worry especially now that he can’t perform his usual routines. The doctor noticed Joe’s “worry behavior” and decided that he was going to do something to make his patient stop worrying or at least minimize it.
With an idea in his mind, he went into Joe’s hospital room. He told the patient that he has severe disease and that he’s left with a year to live.
Surprised and saddened by the news, Joe’s initial reaction was to again worry until the reality of his illness began to sink in. He realized that he had a lot of things he wanted to do but he hadn’t because he had been so busy working and making a living. He had spent most of his time working – thinking that it was important to provide all of the good things he had earned for his family.
Now that he believed that he had only a year to live, he started to think of living his life instead of just making a living. He finally understood that living a life only comes from simple things, like a picnic with his family, traveling to places, playing with the dogs or even attending to family gatherings. These things he didn’t think were important until he was told that he was dying. And as he started to live his life, slowly all his worries began to fade. As the months passed, he do not see them as relevant like before. His belief that he was dying was a blessing in disguise for him to start living.
Are you like Joe?
Well, Joe is like the many of us.
When a worry knocks at our door, we have the tendency to entertain it and let it sit in our favorite spot. Before we know it, it has found a spot at the window and made itself at home.
Living with our mind worrying on the future causes us to miss out the greatness of now. Living and worrying too much about the future is not living at all because we can only live at a single time, which is now.
Do we really need death to remind us about living today?
Death may visit us anytime and life is a very precious gift – too precious to waste in worrying.
Remember that worry is just a product of our uncontrolled negative thoughts. One of the keys in eliminating our worries is to taking control of our thoughts.
According to the law of averages, what are the chances that the things we are worrying about will ever happen? Worrying never give us any answers, it is only good in asking “What ifs?”
Story shared from the following website: http://lifetofullest.com/about-worry/
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