Some men storm imaginary Alps all their lives, and die in the foothills cursing difficulties which do not exist.
Edgar Watson Howe
I have a busy day today, at least busier than this week’s lying around relaxing and recovering from my health setbacks. I start by going off to one of my Doctors, chauffeured there by one of my son-in-laws. I also plan on making some progress on the backlog that was built during my one month stay in the health facilities.
The other day I again shared my thoughts on the destructive results of worrying too much. Fortunately I overcame so many what appeared to be major pitfalls in my life that I believe everything will work out if we stay optimistic, have patience and concentrate on resolving problems when they arise and skip the time wasting worry.
The late Zig Ziglar had this to say about worry:
Don't Worry About Results
Worrying about the results will not change them. I certainly recognize that a certain amount of worry is just part of being human. People have concerns about many things. There are legitimate concerns about money and financial security. There are legitimate concerns about health issues, and there are concerns about our personal and professional relationships. People want all of these things to go well in their lives, and a certain amount of worry and concern is normal. But there is another kind of worry that is not only dangerous to your health; it is dangerous to your success. The kind of worry I'm talking about is "imagined worry." Imagined worry is when you spend a lot of time thinking about the future and what might happen in your life that could be terrible. My late friend Mary Crowley said, "Worry is a misuse of the imagination," and she hit the nail on the head with that remark.
Now you might be wondering why I'm so concerned about worrying and what it has to do with success and expecting to win, so I'll tell you. Worry is the most significant factor that relates to the root of negative thinking. As a matter of fact, worry just might be the engine that starts negative thinking, and if you are involved in negative thinking, you will not expect to win. If you spend an excessive amount of time imagining all the bad things that can happen in your life, you will become a person who is problem-conscious, not solution-conscious. There is perhaps no greater example of how this can be so dangerous than when it involves worrying about health issues. I have known many people who receive bad medical reports, and when they hear the news, they begin to worry so much about it that their life may as well have ended at that moment. Yes, they can have bad days, but they can choose to focus on the good days and what they can still do. They can live in the moment and know full well that tomorrow will be what it is and they can deal with it when it arrives, not before.
I Don't Worry
Worrying is something I quit doing many years ago, and today I can honestly tell you that I don't worry about anything--period! In fact, when the terrorist attack happened on 9/11 and I had to find a way to travel back home, I did not worry about the possibility of another attack. I believe if it is not my time, there's not a terrorist on the earth who can change the will of God about what my lifespan should be. I never worry because I know who I am and I know Whose I am. I know that the principles I live by are true and correct. I also know that I always try to do the right thing, and when you do the right things in life, you don't have to worry about results. As a matter of fact, if I've done the right thing every day I'm not even responsible for results. I just get the benefit of what I do, and the benefits are usually better than I could have hoped for.
Finally, remember that if you have planned and prepared yourself to win, there is no need to worry about the results. Like the bowler who has released the ball down the alley, you must learn there is nothing your worrying can do to change anything. If you have planned well and set good goals, you can have confidence that you know where you want and need to go. If you have done what you need to do to prepare yourself to win, you do not have to worry. You will have no justification to worry about failure. You can expect to win!
“Whatever is going to happen will happen, whether we worry or not.”
Two youngsters were closely examining bathroom scales on display at the department store.
"Have you ever seen one of these before?" one asked.
"Yeah, my mom and dad have one," the other replied.
"What's it for?" asked the first boy.
"I don't know," the second boy answered. "I think you stand on it and it makes you mad."
What do you do when you discover an endangered animal that eats only endangered plants?
The little old lady seated herself right behind the bus driver. Every ten minutes or so she'd pipe up, "Have we reached Oriskany Falls yet, sonny?"
"No, lady, not yet. I'll let you know," he replied, time after time.
The hours passed, the old woman kept asking for Oriskany Falls, and finally the little town came into view. Sighing with relief, the driver slammed on the brakes, pulled over and called out, "This is where you get out, lady."
"Is this Oriskany Falls?"
"YES!" he bellowed. "Get out!"
"Oh, I'm going all the way to Albany, sonny," she explained sweetly. "It's just that my daughter told me that when we got this far, I should take my blood pressure pill."
Give me ambiguity or give me something else.
One day a professor was giving a big test to his students. He handed out all of the tests and went back to his desk to wait. Once the test was over, the students all handed the tests back in.
The professor noticed that one of the students had attached a $100 bill to his test with a note saying "A dollar per point." The next class the professor handed the tests back out.
This student got back his test and $64 change.
Sign In A Bar: 'Those Of You Who Are Drinking To Forget, Please Pay In Advance.'
The poor country pastor was livid when he confronted his wife with the receipt for a $250 dress she had bought. "How could you do this!" he demanded.
"I don't know," she wailed, "I was standing in the store looking at the dress. Then I found myself trying it on. It was like the Devil was whispering to me, 'Gee, you look great in that dress. You should buy it.'"
"Well," the pastor persisted, "You know how to deal with him! Just tell him, "Get behind me, Satan!"
"I did," replied his wife. "He said 'You look great from here too.'"
“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”
Corrie ten Boom
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