Two sentences to curb your worries

succulentsI display the following quote on my computer’s screensaver. It’s powerful and helps me frequently:

“If you can’t fix it, don’t worry.

If you can fix it, don’t worry.”

You might have to read it twice to allow it to absorb into your being. Isn’t it helpful?   Worrying unnecessarily is just stressing for you, so don’t worry.  Be kind to yourself – you have the power to do so.

Have a lovely day,

~Wendy

7 thoughts on “Two sentences to curb your worries

  1. A related idea from The Power of Now is to ask yourself if you are OK right this moment. Not tomorrow or the next day (the place of worries), but now. Chances are you are OK right now. Now think of all the times that you worried in the past and things turned out OK in the end. Maybe not what you expected, but OK none the less.

    When the going gets tough, I find it helpful to step back a little and say the following to myself: “This too shall pass” – nothing lasts forever. The chair you are sitting on, the building you are in, everything is temporary. Everything alive right now, including you, will cease to be some day (hopefully not soon). Further, the day will come when you and everyone you know are long forgotten. Millions of years from now, everything you know – everything you think is so significant will be a forgotten layer of sediment in a rock formation somewhere. Puts things in perspective doesn’t it? I find taking the long view and reminding myself of how fleeting and ephemeral our lives are makes my problems seem trivial, and at the same time, it makes every present moment all the more precious. This moment will never come again. Cherish it.

  2. I must say that it makes so much sense. I find it hard to practice at times, as you said before in a earlier blog about the sandwich generation, I feel that all the worry I place on trying to make sure everyone is taken care of in my life is what brings on the most anxiety. Your words are always inspiring and so I will wake tomorrow and try as always to practice what I know to be true. Worry gets you no were but keeps you exactly were you are.

  3. Oh Wendy…. I am an auto-pilot worrier! I try, I really do. Actually I think I am getting better! Just sometimes it is hard to let go. Deep breathing does help ‘at that moment.’ Breathing is the answer to so many things. It is our sign of life… no breath, no life. It can heal and calm. This comment may sound disjointed, but I am writing as it comes… not worrying about how it looks or sounds!!

    • Barbara, as I read your comment, I applaud you! Awareness of your thoughts is the first, big, important step. If you think you’re getting better at it, I’m sure you are. You’ve probably already heard this, but think about what the worry gives you. If the worrying doesn’t produce anything of value, then it’s doing nothing except tormenting you. Choose something else to think about instead.

      Anyway, good for you, and it’s always good to hear from you.
      ~Wendy

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