Resisting worry is a lot easier said than done. There’s so much to worry about: finances, family, some past mistake. That doesn’t change the fact that we all need to master it. Because far too often we not only worry, we fret, brood and relive the drama. This instant replay that is going on in our minds is not without consequences. It keeps us stuck mentally, but can also damage our emotional well-being and physical health. Think of freeing your mind from negative thoughts such as worriment and resentment as preventive medicine.
Life strategies expert and motivational speaker Tony Robbins put it this way, when you don’t like a movie you don’t watch it over and over again. So why replay the same negative scenes in your mind. The key is don’t focus on what you don’t want. Focus on what you do want. In How To Be-Contemporary Etiquette for African Americans, author Harriette Cole explains how damaging negative mental thoughts can be and warns that this is also true when it comes to infatuation or loving someone who doesn’t love you back. We end up hurting ourselves, becoming unproductive, self-destructive even physically ill. And really, who has time for that?
“Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing.”
~ Stevie Wonder