The Wisdoms Project


Worry



Although I am concerned about the way things will turn out, I don’t spend much time worrying.  What will be, will be….and in the meantime, I work to make it be the way I want it to be.  And if it doesn’t work out….well, on to the next event.

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Most of today's worries are like puddles:
                                                 tomorrow they will have evaporated.


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Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind.
If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.
                                                                                                                                           Arthur Roche

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Worry is the interest you pay on trouble that hasn't started.


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Too many folks go through life running from something
that isn't after them.

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            We are more often frightened than hurt
                    ….and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.
                                                                                                                                                  Seneca

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A wise person once said that if an ocean liner
                                                      could think and feel, it would  never leave its dock.
It would be too afraid of the thousands of huge waves it
would encounter.
It would fear all of its dangers at once,
even though it had to meet them only one wave at a time.   


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                                                                   Don’t be afraid….

Don’t be afraid of being attacked by a grizzly bear.
     More people are killed each year by choking on a loosened part of a teddy bear!
Don’t be afraid of getting AIDS from a blood transfusion.
     Your chance of getting hit by lightning is 30 times greater!
Don’t be afraid of getting hurt in a car accident.
     Every year, over 769,000 people get a serious injury slipping on a stair. That’s more than get
           seriously hurt annually in a car crashes!
Don’t be afraid of being cut by a chain saw.
     31,500 people go to the hospital each year for that reason….while 410,000 people go to the
           hospital annually for falling off or out of a chair!
Don’t be afraid of being injured by fireworks.
     10,400 people are hurt that way each year….but 100,000 more are hurt by clothing and personal
           accessories!
Don’t be afraid of getting hurt by a mugger in the streets.
     1,550,000 people seriously hurt themselves each year in their kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms!
Don’t be afraid of being murdered or being killed in a car crash.
     More people (90,000) die annually from an infection they got in a U.S. hospital than die by homicide
            and car accidents combined!


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Doubts are more cruel than the worst of truths.
                                                                                                                                             Jean Moliere


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Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.
                                                                                                                                   Swedish Proverb  


Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow ….it only saps today of its strength.
                                                                                                                                    A. J. Cronin

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          Do not worry about whether or not the sun will rise;
just be prepared to enjoy it.


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 Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.


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  Don’t try to solve serious matters in the middle of the night.
                                                                                                                                   Philip Dick


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The Chinese say that if everyone in the town would take their troubles and hang them up on the line like drying clothes….and then if everyone walked around town and looked at each other's troubles and could exchange their troubles for someone else's….that everyone would keep their own.


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A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.


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Worry doesn’t help tomorrow’s troubles….but it does ruin today’s happiness.


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What looks like tomorrow’s problem is quite often not the real problem when tomorrow rolls around.
                                                                                                                                           James Fallows

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Many people suffer more in anticipation
than they do under the actual blows of misfortune.
                                                                                                                           Eleanor Roosevelt


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I am an old man and have known a great many troubles
                                                    ….but most of them have never happened.    
                                                                                                                                  Mark Twain

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It's all right to have butterflies in your stomach.
Just get them to fly in formation.
                                                                                                                                     Rob Gilbert

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I have a new philosophy.
I'm going to dread one day at a time.
                                                                                                                                 Charlie Brown


To fear is one thing.
To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another.

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Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that
     something else is more important than one’s fear.
                                                                                                                       Ambrose Redmoon

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When I dare to be powerful,
     to use my strength in the service of my vision,
     then it becomes less and less important
     whether I am afraid.
                                                                                                                        Audre Lorde

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Never bear more than one kind of trouble at a time.
Some people bear three kinds:
all they have had,
all they have now,
and all they expect to have.
                                                                                               Edward Everett Hale

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Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life.
Don’t let them scare you unduly
….for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity.
                                                                                                                            R. I. Fitzhenry

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There are only two things to worry about:
either you are well or you are sick.
If you are well, there’s nothing to worry about,
but if you are sick….
There are only two things to worry about:
either you will get well or you will die.
If you get well, there’s nothing to worry about,
 but if you die….
There are only two things to worry about:
either you will go to heaven or go to hell.
If you go to heaven, there’s nothing to worry about,
 but if you go to hell….
you’ll be so busy talking to people you know
that you won’t have time to worry.

 
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Worry is thinking that has turned toxic.
Worry leaves you in a state of suspended animation.
Thinking works its way through problems to conclusions and decisions.

Worry takes you over the same ground endlessly and comes out at the
place you started.
Thinking makes progress from one place to another.

The challenge of life is to change worry into thinking
  and anxiety into creative action.
                                                                                                                           Harold Walker