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A really simple way to stop worrying

April 18, 2014

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Most of us view worry as something that can’t be helped. After all, if there wasn’t so much to worry about, we wouldn’t need to worry so much. Right?

Well, let’s take a closer look at this…


Simply put, worry can be broken into two categories:

1. Things we have control over (or things we CAN do something about)

2. Things we don’t have control over (or things we CAN NOT do anything about)

Using these two categories, worry now becomes something we either choose to take action on (if you have control over it), or choose to let go of (if you don’t have control over it). The need for worry is then completely eliminated.

Looking at worry from this standpoint makes it so simple it is almost laughable!

I guess the bigger issue is what to do with all that quiet space in your mind when it is not bogged down with worry (most people are deathly afraid of that space because it means we actually have to face ourselves and who we have become).

End worry. Find space. Start becoming the person you actually want to be.

That sounds like a wonderful plan, if you ask me!

Photo credit: Claudia Good

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8 Comments

  • Reply 48DaysDan April 18, 2014 at 6:25 am

    Claudia – we have a friend who likes to say “Let’s wait to worry.” I love that. Just this week Joanne got a frantic call from a young mom who was told by a nurse that she may have lupus. Joanne suggested, Let’s wait to worry.” Two days later she met with her doctor who told her she absolutely does not have lupus. Worry time is wasted time.

    • Reply Claudia Good April 18, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      Dan,
      “Let’s wait to worry” I love that!!! Thanks for sharing – What a great approach to worry!

  • Reply Bruce R. Cross April 18, 2014 at 8:43 am

    When one comes from a place of trusting God completely, know matter what the circumstances may appear to be, there is a WHOLE lot more peace! God thoughts in this post!

    • Reply Claudia Good April 18, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      There truly is a whole lot more peace Bruce! Indeed!

  • Reply Char April 18, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    I love this Claudia! So good. Xo

  • Reply Kent Julian April 22, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    “Using these two categories, worry now becomes something we either choose to take action on (if you have control over it), or choose to let go of (if you don’t have control over it). The need for worry is then completely eliminated.”

    Wow!

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