One of my favourite “guilty pleasures” as a young boy was reading the satirical MAD Magazine under my bed covers at night with a flashlight. According to both my Mom and Dad that stuff would rot my brain. Guess I should have listened!
Anyway, the character of easy-going Alfred E. Newman has lived on through the decades since he first appeared on the cover of MAD in 1954. Alfred E. Newman is best known for his classic line; “What, Me Worry?”, and has been used frequently in political and hollywood satire.
I must confess, a part of me envies those who don’t ever seem to worry. I am a worrier. In fact my wife says I have a double Ph.D. in worrying. My aunt used to call me a “worry wart” – not certain where that phrase originated. Anyway, guilty as charged.
Now I am smart enough and widely read enough to know (intellectually that is) that worry is pretty much a useless waste of time and energy. Everywhere I read something like the following:
“97% of all we worry about never comes to pass, and we can’t do anything about the 3%. So why worry?”
I also clearly understand the relationship between worry and creativity as depicted in my little graph below.
So, my name is John and I’m a worrier! . . .
I am bring up this concept in case there are those out there who think that worry is somehow good for you. The belief that worry sharpens the edge, makes you more alert to the situation by looking at all the possibilities and being prepared for the worst.
If you read this article, How Worry Affects Your Body, you will definitely see your worry habit in a different light. We have enough stress on our bodies to then add worry on top.
If I had my life to live over, I would perhaps have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary ones. ~Don Herold
I am beginning to learn (slow, slow learner) that worry comes about from an absence of faith! Faith in the goodness of others, faith in your own capabilities, faith in the perfectness of the universe, faith that everything is there for a reason. Someone once said something to me that I have never forgotten and that helps me move forward positively every day:
“People are put on this earth for two reasons; either to love you or teach you something.”
Worry definitely fits in the second reason.
How do you view “worry”? How do you manage worry? My readers and I would love to hear from you. We’re all in this together to learn.
Tight Lines . . .