Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” Corrie Ten Boom
That statement above really touched me because I have found myself participating in worrying and it causing me to not work on things in my life that I can improve or resolve. I mean after all the worrying about a situation that I can not do anything about, I am too tired to focus on working on situations that I can do something about. I am too tired to focus on enjoying life.
Have you ever been going through a situation and it seemed that all you could do was worry? I mean just worrying, worrying, worrying nonstop. Did it really help your situation? I can answer that quickly. No. I can say that I have found myself falling into the pit of worrying about some things that occurred in my life. It seemed so easy to do. I mean like it came natural but it actually did not solve or make the situation any better. Worrying about one situation in your life can alter all areas of your life. Due to all the energy that is required to participate in worrying, it can stunt your progress towards moving forward in situations that you can do something about. It takes away strength that you will need to continue on. It may even take away your ability to enjoy fun moments in life.
I encourage you to practice on not giving power to worrying or allowing it to take strength from you. Trust me, I am not saying that this is going to be easy but it will be profitable for your life. Here is a 2 step process (yes, just 2 step) that can help eliminate worrying from the equation of your situation.
1. Stop and take a look at the situation and see if there is anything that you can do to resolve it.
2. a. If you can resolve it, make a list of steps to succeed with resolving it and follow through on them.
b. If you can not resolve it, make peace with that (We are humans who sometimes do not have any control on certain situations that occur in our lives but we can control how we react to them). As my husband always say, “If it is meant to be, it will be.” God has been really helping me with this.
You will find in life that there will be times when you can do 2. a. but there will also come times when you will have to do 2. b. I am sure many of you reading this already participates in this 2 step process but difficulty may come when it is time to choose 2. b.
If a situation arise and you need to do 2. b. but you choose to worry instead, you will take strength that is needed for you to do 2. a. for situations in your life that you can resolve.
If you are used to worrying, 2. b. may be difficult at first because you will have to retrain your mind. That is Ok. You will have to be intentional. The more you do it, the easier it will get. I have been there and I am still working on it. I sometimes find myself falling back into the trap of worrying. I have to stop and realize how it is so important to not take the strength and energy that I will need to resolve situations in my life that I can control by worrying about situations that I can not control. I have to remind myself what I am giving up if I choose to worry. I have to remind myself that I have a choice. I choose to not let worrying control me.
Again, I am a work in progress. Let’s encourage and motivate each other. What are some ways you use to stop from worrying? I would love feedback.
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