Cartoon of woman saying, “I worry I don’t have something to worry about.”
Worry is an addiction. As a kid, I worried about whether I would ever grow up. I worried if that rough-talking kid would turn on me and become my bully. I worried about being good enough, or being good.
As I grew up, I put away childish worries and worried about new things. Would my kids grow up healthy and stay on a good path? Am I being a good dad and husband? Can I keep up with technology and the changing workforce? Will I be the last to know if I’m senile? Maybe I already am!
It wasn’t long until I discovered anxiety is a habit, not something dependent on our circumstances.
Let’s face it. There will always be something to worry about. If you worry about having no worries, you must have stayed away from the news for a few days. Life is precious and fragile. Worries come with the territory because we can’t predict the future. We can only guess about the future based on our limited knowledge of the past.
We worry because we can’t predict or change the future. We can do some of the right things that will help change the future, but in a moment, all of that can change. What’s the solution? Faith, hope and love.
- Have faith someone bigger than yourself has it under control. Have faith it will all turn out right in the end.
- Have hope the future will be better, even brighter. Every time I see a new baby, I know there is a future. Keep your hope.
- Love one another. As long as we show unconditional love, there is a reason for hope and faith.