Yesterday I spent time with a dear friend. Oh, how I wish I had a magic wand to wave over her and transform her thinking. Of course, I don’t! But I did remind her (a very devout Christian) that she was not living her faith. Worry has overwhelmed her life. And her fears are imaginary. You know, “The dreaded “what ifs.”
Jim and I are both dealing with a boatload of health issues. We are realists and aren’t denying the challenges. We are following doctor guidelines and doing all the good things like eating more fruits and veggies and walking much more. However, and it’s a big however, we live each moment to the fullest. We don’t dwell on the “what if” scenario. Today is a ridiculously amazing gift. It’s true!! This is the only day promised to any of us. To worry is to give way to anxiety or unease; to allow one’s mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles. The word itself comes from the Old English wyrgan, which means to strangle or to seize by the throat. That’s a helpful image. Worry squeezes the life and joy from each day.
Please, dear one, fear not. Just say, “Here Lord, I cast my worries upon you and accept your promised rest. Breathe! Breathe in peace. And enjoy your day! You have faith, exercise it! Smile.
Wishing you much joy today, Linda