or are some things worth worrying about?
It seems like the tension in the world today is getting quite out of hand. Maybe the world has always been a bit of a dicey place, but stress, anxiety, worry and depression are affecting ever increasing numbers of people across the globe.
This brings up the question:
are there some things worth worrying about?
I hate to waffle, but it depends on how you define “worrying.” The standard definition of the word indicates a fruitless action that has no effect on the situation. In that case, no, there’s nothing worth worrying about if you’re not taking action about the circumstance.
Now, if you call me out for playing semantics, let’s look at things differently: are there things, situations, conditions that bear grave, critical thinking and planning? YES, without doubt.
Do some situations call for the planning of contingencies? Sure they do! Being human, we’re also all going to have the occasional hard time getting to sleep as we debate internally the merit of some of those contingencies.
Note, though, that we’re talking about real planning about real circumstances. “Worry” is a painful, obsessive thought process that brings no good. It does breed stress and anxiety and actually takes away from your ability to be useful in a bad situation, should such arise.
Learning to face the things you fear armed with serenity and awareness gives you power in the present moment.
I’m not saying that some moments won’t be awful. We all have terrible times in our lives. Tragedies do occur.
Yet of all the tragedies we try to pre-emptively brace for, there’s an odd but nigh universal consensus among former worriers:
the awful things that really happen tend to have been utterly unpredictable, while the things we feared would happen—never actually come to be.
If that’s the case, shouldn’t we do our best to find happiness right now? “Find happiness” is even a bad phrase. It implies there’s a specific happiness for you that you have to seek out. Happiness doesn’t work quite that way. We can “find” joy and happiness in our lives when we live in the only moment we ever really have—the present.
When we’re in the present, we must be mindful (you may be wearying of that word!), but it all comes down to paying attention to what’s going on right now.
Take an inventory. While the saying, “count your blessings” makes some people gnash their teeth, it’s a worthwhile idea.
What good things have you got going on?
If you’re reading this, you’ve got access to a computer, the net, and the time to read it. That’s just three things I can count—for you—of the top of my head. What do you think?