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My family 1971, before I had a worry in the world.
Don’t Worry Be Happy!
Whew! I made it through spring break in one peace and that was no small task. This week was comprised of my daughter’s senior college music recital - that included hanging with my ex and his entire family, followed by a four day holiday weekend – filled with cooking, eating and family.
You might be asking yourself, “What does all this have to do with Don’t Worry, Be Happy?” I’ll try to explain my train of thought, best to my ability and if I can remember.
As of late these days I’ll come up with a great idea, it’s crystal clear in my head, makes perfect sense. I’m all excited about it and I can see the beginning, the middle and the end; but if I don’t get it on paper right away then there’s a good chance that I won’t remember it in just a few moments.
Ok back to the topic at hand, worrying. Don’t Worry, Be Happy is easier said than done. Not sure if it’s just me but, looking back I’ve determined I have spent an awful lot of time in my life worrying. I worried about grades in school, does so and so like me, moving to a new school, job interviews, when will I find Mr. Right.
I’ve worried about bills and expenses, insurance costs, will I make the cut for some party and of course endless taxes.
I’ve even worried about having my home in perfect condition for “company,” and within seconds of their arrival, the house is turned upside down and no one even notices.
I’ve worried about first impressions, political correctness, identity theft and contagious infections. My children and family members, this goes without saying. In spite of all the worrying, I’m still alive and well (some days more so than others) and all my bills are paid.
Uggh! When does all this worrying stop? Yes, yes I know the answer to that, when we are dead! Well I’ve come to realize, shush don’t tell your kids if you want grandchildren, but worrying for your children never ever, ever stops. I guess it waxes and wanes dependent upon what’s going on.
Recently oye, did I stress and worry before my daughter’s college music recital. This was after all a big megillah, it was the culmination of her four years in college and a big portion of her music education grade was base upon this performance. No pressure, right? She had to play 6 solo oboe pieces, the last was actually a piece written by my late father. Not only was I stressing out but so was my daughter, rightly so. But she was supposed to be my rock. To top it off I was going to see all, and I mean all of my ex-husband’s relatives. I hadn’t seen them in over 17 years. I had to put on a brave face for her as to not add additional aggravation to her life. After all it was really all about her, right?
Again where am I going with this? Mmmm…..oh yea! All that worrying was for nothing. It all turned out wonderfully. She really looked beautiful in her red full length gown with an asymmetrical top. She was glowing. She performed superbly. The dinner afterwards was way better than I expected. You could even call it pleasant. It was actually very nice to talk with some of my ex-in-laws. And to boot, my daughter worked the room like a pro. She made sure to talk to every single relative that was there with a smile on her face. My husband and I both felt that this truly gave us a glimpse as to what we could expect at her wedding. It’s not so bad (said with a stereotypical Jewish accent).
While doing research on the topic of worrying I came across some very interesting and thought provoking information: quotes, religious psalms and the one I like the best, Dale Carnegie’s How to Stop Worrying and Start Living. He broke down the whole concept of worrying into 7 simple and interesting chapters.
I wrestled with what and how would be the best way to share this information with you, because there is a lot. Being that I felt so strongly that they each had their place in shedding some perspective on worrying and that they were all really good food for thought, I have included it all.
Please feel free to peruse at your own leisure and I hope you do. I also hope that you find it as interesting as I did. Let me know if you do or if you find any of it helpful or have any other thoughts you might like to share.
I love this quote this is so true and even more so about us type “A” personalities, me included.
“Worrying is all about the illusion of control. When you worry, you are expending energy, and it feels like you are doing something… When you stop worrying, you free up energy that can be used more productively.” Tammy Cravit, Writer
Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don't work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.
Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.
Dale Carnegie’s How to Stop Worrying and Start Living I love the straight forwardness of his writing.. http://www.westegg.com/unmaintained/carnegie/stop-worry.html “This is Dale Carnegie's summary of his book, from 1948
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