Whenever you have a problem, what is the first thing that you do?
If you are like most people, you worry.
However, is worrying even worth it?
The short answer is no.
When used minimally, worrying can help a person solve a problem.
Sadly, most people do not use worrying to solve a problem. They use it to dwell on threats, consequences, and life problems.
Let’s say you send a sensitive email to your boss, and you are waiting for a response. You try to remain patient, but after 10 minutes you start to worry. Should I have sent that email? Why did I use that word? Ugh. What if I get fired for this? What if she judges me?
After one hour of worrying, you have still not gotten a response.
Worrying is not a super-power. If you worry for one hour, your problem will not be magically solved. Worrying only fatigues you.
Below are some useful quotes on worrying:
“Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.” – Marcus Aurelius
“Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, Faith looks up.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“We tend to be preoccupied by our problems when we have a heightened sense of vulnerability and a diminished sense of power. Today, see each problem as an invitation.” – John Ortberg
“Worry is the product of feverish imagination working under the stimulus of desires. It is a living through of sufferings which are mostly our own creation. Worry has never done anyone any good, and it is very much worse than mere dissipation of psychic energy, for it substantially curtails the joy and fullness of life.” – Meher Baba
“Worrying about outcomes over which I have no control is punishing myself before the universe has decided whether I ought to be punished.” – Sherry Thomas
You can have problems without worrying.