This morning I came across a post entitled “Worrying About Worry” by Caroline of ‘Beautiful Life with Cancer‘ and as a chronic worrywart myself, I had to read it.
What really inspired me about this post is that it’s not only me who knows that I shouldn’t worry about things, yet does anyway. I mean, I know for a fact that I’m not the only person on the planet like this, but to see someone else write about it… it’s good to know that I’m really not alone.
I relate to Caroline’s post in her reflection of looking back on her past experiences and knowing that if she could tell her teenage-self one thing it’d be, “Stop worrying! Everything will be fine.” I’d tell my 16-year old self this too. I feel like I spent so much of my time worrying about things I had no control over and as it turned out most things, if not all, did turn out fine in the end. The problem is, even though I’ve seen this outcome plenty of times, I still have a tendency to worry. I know I shouldn’t, but I do.
I guess I could say that I’m not as bad as I used to be, in some cases. Some things that have happened over the last year or two didn’t affect me as much because I knew God would work it out for good in the end. There are just some things though, that you can’t help but worry over, even though I know it’s a waste of my time.
I guess the only thing I can do is continue to try to make myself better at saying, “Tabby, don’t worry. God’s got it and everything will be fine.”
So I guess I’ll be getting all A’s this semester ;)
(don’t hold me accountable to that, mom)
8 thoughts on “Worrying About Worry… it’s not just me!”
Thank you for sharing this thoughtful reflection about not only the post you came across, but addressing the overall topic of “worrying.” Worrying is such a crippling practice that can defiantly destroy your inner peace and bring about even more stress into your every day life. Trusting in God’s guidance seems to bring a level of comfort and support that goes beyond our possible troublesome conditions or circumstances.
Yes, it is very crippling. There are many times in a day when I have to pull myself out of my head when I start thinking about the scenarios that could happen when in reality, they’re more than likely not going to. I’ve gotten much better though over the last few years as I’ve learned to depend on God :)
Yes, I agree not worrying is defiantly a process. It can be challenging at times not to worry, especially when there are so many imaginary dreadful scenarios looming. Glad that depending on God in those times of deep concern can really make a big difference. trusting in God’s providence plays a major role in changing our perspective on things, which brings so much comfort and security even in the most darkest of times. :)
Love this, worrying used to be the most active part of me engaging in life and it’s just a waste of what we’re given. Trusting in God definitely is the way to go but doesn’t mean it’s easy. :) Lovely post!
It is a waste. I’ve seen that a lot in my life over the past few years especially. And no, it’s not always easy.
Also, thank you! :)
You’re definitely not alone. My father used to say, “If you didn’t have anything to worry about, you’d worrying about not worrying.” I wrote a post about looking back and reassuring my former self. Enjoy! https://gailkaufman.wordpress.com/2014/06/11/if-you-could-look-back-at-yourself-what-would-you-say/