How to Stop Worrying

Bob Marley sang

Here’s a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don’t worry, be happy
In every life we have some trouble
But when you worry you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy
Don’t worry, be happy now

But we cry like little babies.

 

 

 

Why worry?

In The Psychological Commentaries on the Teaching of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky (whew!) 1800 pages . . . Author Maurice Nicoll writes:

“Worrying is the wrong use of centers. It is always useless. It is a form of inner considering–i.e. of identifying. It is a continual mixing up of negative imagination with a few facts and so makes only wrong connections in centers. It is a sort of lying, among the many other kinds of lying that go on in us and mess up the centers. It is always easy to worry, as it gives relief and is, as it were a form of justifying oneself. It is close to self-pity and violence. Worrying is not thinking.”

Psychologist William James said, “. . . much of what we call Evil . . . can often be converted into a bracing and tonic good by a simple change of the sufferer’s inner attitude from one of fear to one of fight.”

Exercise:

Today fight for your happiness. Tell yourself, just for today I will be happy. Just for today, I will take care of my body. Just for today, I will strengthen my mind. Just for today, I will live through this day only and not try and figure out my whole life problems at once.

One of the best little books on how to stop worrying comes from Dale Carnegie: How to Stop Worrying and Start Living.

Click on the book. Help yourself, get it now.

 

Or if you’d like a little fantasy relief, a good read of fun short stories, then pick up . . . Short Stories 2020, by Stephen P. Means.

 

Thanks for reading,

Steve

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