Conquering Worry with the Bare Necessities
This is a children’s song, yet it is so true. How many times do we worry about something we have no control over? Or something that’s just not that important? You can only control yourself and how you react to situations. So, maybe you need to take a “time out” and think about what the problem really is.
Ask yourself a few questions. Is it something you can help with? Do you need to do anything about it? Is it really that important? Can you just let it go?
As a society, we typically think we are supposed to fix problems. Problems need answers, but often times, we overcomplicate the issue…or it isn’t our problem to fix.
As a parent, I always want to help “fix” my children’s issues or problems. Yet, what do they learn if I do everything for them or always protect them?
When faced with a problem you’re worrying about or think you need to fix, try pausing first. If you were to wait, would the problem seem so monumental in an hour? After you pause, think about the issue again. If it truly needs fixing, THEN work on a solution and get creative with ideas, solutions or a game plan.
If it doesn’t need to be fixed or it’s not your problem to fix (or nothing can be done about it at the moment), the best remedy is to simply let it go. If that seems impossible, ask yourself: How does it help to worry? The answer: it doesn’t!
I have learned so much by the mistakes and experiences in my life. And one of the things I’ve learned (the hard way) is that you have to let things go that you have no control over. Boy, is that hard! Yet it’s essential if we want to be happy.
I say, let’s get back to the bare necessities. Handle things that really need to be handled. There is a difference between react and respond. Often, we simply need to respond and not react. If no response is necessary or appropriate, what if you simply let it go?
Let’s change our thought pattern on this and go back to the basics. Instead of worrying…Look for the bare necessities, the simple bare necessities. Forget about your worries and your strife.
When you do this, you are choosing to be happy!