Quotes for
the Journey:

Worry


  
Anxiety never yet
successfully bridged any chasm.

Ruffini

   

Worry not about the possible troubles of the future; for if they come, you are but anticipating and adding to their weight; and if they do not come, your worry is useless; and in either case it is weak and in vain, and a distrust of God's providence.        -Hugh Blair

   

Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago?  How did they work out?  Didn't you waste a lot of fruitless energy on account of most of them?  Didn't most of them turn out all right after all?       -Dale Carnegie

   
Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years.  If something is wrong, fix it if you can.  But train yourself not to worry.  Worry never fixes anything.       -Mary Hemingway
   

I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn't need any advice from me.  With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about?       -Henry Ford

   
One of the worst features about worrying is that it destroys our ability to concentrate.  When we worry, our minds jump here and there and everywhere, and we lose all power of decision.  However, when we force ourselves to face the worst and accept it mentally, we then eliminate all these vague imaginings and put ourselves in a position in which we are able to concentrate on our problem.       -Willis H. Carrier
    
There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.        -Mohandas Gandhi

  
Death was walking toward a city one morning and a man asked, "What are you going to do there?"  "I'm going to take one hundred people," Death replied.  "That's horrible!" the man said.  "That's the way it is," Death said.  "Well, we'll see about that," said the man as he hurried to warn everyone he could about Death's plan.  As evening fell, he met Death again.  "You told me you were going to take one hundred people," the man said.  "Why did one thousand die?"  "I kept my word," Death answered.  "I took only one hundred.  Worry took the rest."         -Contemporary spiritual story
   
There is a great difference between worry and concern.  A worried person sees a problem, and a concerned person solves a problem.        -Harold Stephens
   
A man ninety years old was asked to what he attributed his longevity.  “I reckon,” he said, with a twinkle in his eye, “it’s because most nights I went to bed and slept when I should have sat up and worried.”         -Dorothea Kent
   
If you can't sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying.  It's the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep.        -Dale Carnegie
    
Worry is like a rocking chair—it keeps you moving but doesn’t get you anywhere.      -Corrie Ten Boom
  
There are people who seem to make a life out of worrying, who can't look at anything going on in their lives without finding cause to think that the worst of everything is going to happen, and that it's going to happen to them or to those they love--or both.  But these people who worry so much are forgetting some very important life lessons, the most important of which is that worrying doesn't change a single thing, doesn't help a bit.

So why worry?

It's easy to be concerned when someone is about to do something risky.  If one of my step-daughters suddenly took off for a third-world country that's plagued by violence without any extra money or security measures, it would be very easy for me to worry about her safety and well-being.  There would be many things that could happen to her, and it would be easy to focus on those negative possibilities and worry about her.  But my worrying wouldn't do a thing to change her situation, and it would make me rather miserable.  And if she called to say hi and I could only talk about how worried I was, I wouldn't be able to support or encourage her at all.

If I suddenly lost my job and didn't have any money in the bank, I most definitely could worry about my finances--I might end up losing my home and many of my possessions, and I could go into debt and ruin my credit rating.

But my worrying wouldn't help the situation at all, and it could negatively impact my health through the stress and strife that I would experience.

Worrying comes when we think of negative future possibilities.  It's that simple--we spend time and energy thinking about negative things that could happen, not that have happened.  And therefore the energy that were expending usually is wasted because those negative things tend not to come about after all.  Mark Twain said that "I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened," and most of us can relate to this statement.  Most of what we worry about never comes to pass, and the time we spent worrying was time and energy wasted.

And even if the worst does come to pass, the worrying didn't do a thing to help make it less difficult, less intense, less negative.  We might have spent our time preparing for the outcome rather than worrying about it, but instead we devoted our energy to purely self-centered concern.

Worry is a reflection of a lack of faith that life will be good to us, a lack of faith that God and life are in control and will make our lives full and vibrant.  Worry reflects a lack of faith in oneself and in other people to do things that need to be done when they need to be done, and a lack of trust that we'll be able to deal with difficulties when they surface in our lives.

Worry keeps us from helping other people, it causes us many negative results through the stress and strife that it brings, and it wastes a lot of the precious energy that we have in our lives.  The only way to combat worry, it seems, is through acceptance--acceptance of the current situations in our lives--and attempting to take positive action to counter the effects of possible negative factors in our lives.  Worry doesn't change anything except our own stress levels, and it's important that we leave it behind as soon as we can if we wish to live our lives and our todays fully and completely.

from livinglifefully.com

The history of the word:

Worrying may shorten one's life, but not as quickly as it once did.  The ancestor of our word, Old English wyrgan, meant "to strangle."  Its Middle English descendant, worien, kept this sense and developed the new sense "to grasp by the throat with the teeth and lacerate" or "to kill or injure by biting and shaking."  This is the way wolves or dogs might attack sheep, for example.  In the 16th century worry began to be used in the sense "to harass, as by rough treatment or attack," or "to assault verbally," and in the 17th century the word took on the sense "to bother, distress, or persecute."  It was a small step from this sense to the main modern senses "to cause to feel anxious or distressed" and "to feel troubled or uneasy," first recorded in the 19th century.  (from Houghton Mifflin/Yahoo)

   

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Worry is the interest which we pay on trouble before it comes, and we attract trouble every time we worry about it.     -Albert E. Cliffe
  
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 S. Roche
  
Worry is an infirmity; there is no virtue in it.  Worry is spiritual nearsightedness; a fumbling way of looking at little things and magnifying their value.     -Anna Brown Lindsay
  
Worry is like a microscope.  It makes every little misery look huge.  We can use a telescope, and see far away into life.  We shall see much, but worry we shall hardly notice.  We shall find it so small.    -Nicholas Rodney
  
How often are you worrying about the present moment?   The present moment is usually all right.  If you're worrying, you're either agonizing over the past which you should have forgotten long ago, or else you're apprehensive over the future which hasn't even come yet.   We tend to skip over the present moment which is the only moment God gives any of us to live.     -Peace Pilgrim
  
You can think about your problems or you can worry about them, and there is a vast difference between the two.  Worry is thinking that has turned toxic.  It is jarring music that goes round and round and never comes to either climax or conclusion.  Thinking works its way through problems to conclusions and decisions; worry leaves you in a state of tensely suspended animation.  When you worry, you go over the same ground endlessly and come out the same place you started.  Thinking makes progress from one place to another; worry remains static.  The problem of life is to change worry into thinking and anxiety into creative action.     -Harold B. Walker
  
Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes.  What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes.     -Seneca
  
Worries cannot be willed away by consciously refusing to acknowledge them--they must be pulled up by the roots and examined in the light, not pushed deeper into the unconscious where they only do darker mischief by disguising themselves in some bizarre manner.     -Sydney J. Harris
  
Remember that our fearful thoughts are exaggerated and can make the problem worse.  A good way to manage your worry is to challenge your negative thinking with positive statements and realistic thinking.  When encountering thoughts that make you fearful or anxious, challenge those thoughts by asking yourself questions that will maintain objectivity and common sense.
    When overwhelmed with worry, you may encounter a lot of scary thoughts coming at you all at once.  Instead of getting upset, remember that these thoughts are exaggerated and are not based on reality.  From my interviews with various professionals, I’ve learned that usually it is the fear behind the thoughts that gets us worked up.  Ignore the fear behind these thoughts and your worry should decrease.     -Stanley Popovich
  
It is not work that kills us; it is worry.  Work is healthy and you can hardly put more upon a person than he or she can bear; but worry is the rust upon the blade.     -Henry Ward Beecher
  

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