“Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles; it empties today of its strength.” ~ Corrie Ten Boom
One song I really love is: Don’t Worry Be Happy, it is actually the ring tone on my phone. Worry is a choice. We can decide not to worry, how great is that? It is a command, don’t worry be happy. Happiness is a choice. We can decide to be happy. Just make a decision, so simple.
I have been learning a lot lately about the importance of now. The future has not happened yet, the past is done and all we have is “now”. As part my morning meditation practice I have been doing this guided meditation by Caroline Myss where she talks about how living in the present and recognizing it is all there is makes loving so much easier because no one has done anything to you. I love that, what if we could leave behind the trespasses of others that even happened yesterday, it is gone they have not done anything to hurt me now, now is all there is. Start each moment with a clean slate.
Taking the concept into the future you realize that you never have to worry. It has not happened yet so why waste energy and emotions on one of a million possible futures, now is all there is. So often we make ourselves crazy, work ourselves up into a frenzy just imaging all the things that could go wrong, as Einstein says, “Worry is a waste of imagination.” You can create your future by the choices you make now so the future is covered; you want to change your future make different choices, simple. No need to worry.
“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” ~ Alan Kay
Troubles will come but stress is optional, fear is optional and worry is optional. What will you choose? As for me I am going to choose to be happy, who wants to join me?
“If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” ~ Lao Tzu
My challenge: Just for today decide I am not going to worry. When those troublesome thoughts enter your head allow them to float by and say to them “you’re not real, you have no power here.” Decide to be happy.
Maria Elena Escobar