How to Get a Piece of Peace in Your Life

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Time Spent Worrying

This quote comes from an anonymous source, "Worrying is praying for what you don't want."

We have approximately 16-20 waking hours. Our mental energy could be spent on organizing, problem-solving, healing, day-dreaming, bemusing, focusing, relaxing, reminiscing, and any number of other things. How much of our precious time do we wish to spend on worrying? How does worrying benefit our lives?

Do you find it difficult to stop worrying? It can be hard to undo the years of practice. Try to stop the thoughts the moment they begin. At the very least, acknowledge the worrying and then try to divert your attention elsewhere. Or, in addition to worrying, give yourself the added task of problem-solving. If you find that there isn't anything you can do, then this might be an indicator that your worrying is not productive.

Once you begin to stop your thoughts, it becomes easier and easier to break the habit of worrying. New patterns can develop with this first step today.