Don't Worry About It

The carefree brain has room for thinking interesting thoughts, but the worried brain is at capacity. Michael Lipsey (1).

The things I worry about. What do you worry about?

One of the most annoying statements my daughter, Monica, says to me is, “Don’t worry about it.”


I’m her mother, I have a right to worry. I have the right to worry that when she gets into a car she won’t get into a car accident. I have the right to worry that her friends are not setting a bad example. I have the right to worry that she’s doing her homework and getting good grades.


Why leave worrying just to motherhood? I have the right to worry if people are talking rudely about me. I have the right to worry if I don’t get my exercise in for the day. I have the right to worry that if I eat high calorie foods I’m going to die right there and then. I have the right worry about not getting supper made on time. I have the right to worry if I’m going to get fired! I have the right to worry about being late for an appointment. I have the right to worry if my car is going to stall or crash. I have the right to worry that my doctor is going to put me on more medications! I have the right to worry that my doctor is going to find an incurable disease. I have the right to worry that while boating I could flip over and drown. I have the right to worry if I don’t slather on sunscreen every day I’m going to get skin cancer. I have the right to worry that if I walk through a field a tick will latch onto me and suck out all my blood. I have the right to worry that people won’t like the articles, books, movies, and plays I’ve written. I have the right to worry that people are not going to like the food I make. I have the right to worry about people not liking me.



I have the right to worry that if I breathe in my left nostril I’ll get cancer in the right side of my brain. I have the right to worry if the bathroom in the jet flying above me will fall out of the sky and crash into me.

It’s my right to worry! And when Monica says, “Don’t worry about it,” I’ll say, “I’ll worry if I want.”


Are you happy, Carol?


What does that have anything to do with worrying?


Do you have peace, Carol?


That’s a personal question.


Are there any Hope cells floating in your body, Carol?


What do I look like, a scientist? Besides, blood scares me, too.


Join me, readers who worry, in doing a few things every day.

Take time to inhale deeply and hold your breath for about 10 seconds. If you don't get to it, don't worry about it.


Take time to write down everything you worry about. Give yourself 10 to 20 minutes. If you don't get to it, don't worry about it.


Take time to exercise, even if it's just wiggling your shoulders up and down and twisting your neck right to left. If you don't get to it, don't worry about it.


Take time to turn off those sources of worry - the news, social media, entertainment. If you don't get to it, don't worry about it.


Take time to be grateful about one thing today. If you don't get to it, don't worry about it.


Take time to laugh at something silly. If you don't get to it, don't worry about it.


Take time to ponder this phrase:

Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? Matt. 6:27 (2).

After doing all these, remember, don't worry if you worry. It's probably a habit you developed over time. Or, it's all the information that's coming in at us daily. Our minds can't process it simply, so we churn it over and over inside our brains.


Peace. Calm. Inhale. Smile. Exhale. Repeat.


Are you feeling calmer, yet? I am.


If not, there are lots of great articles out there to get to started on your path to peace. If those do not help, please get professional help from a therapist.


Thanks for reading.


Check out my YouTube where I worry some more! I also do a little yodeling!


References

  1. Lipsey, M., 2014. Thoughts For All Occasions. Lanham: Bristol Park Books, p.13.

  2. New American Bible. Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD). https://bible.usccb.org/bible/matthew/6

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