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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Worry Wisely

I wonder how many people realize that Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry, Be Happy," was meant to be satirical?

You've lost your bed and your house; you have no cash. But don't frown, because that would make others feel sad! He can't be serious.

Nevertheless, a lot of us expend useless energy on worrying. It's not that worrying itself is bad; it's just that most of us do it wrong.

Problem: worrying about how my boss does her job.

Problem: worrying about inevitabilities, like death.

Problem: worrying about Acts of God.

What do these things have in common? They're not under our control.

If you're going to worry, worry about those things you can do something about. Then your worry can become productive.

And, of course, worry toward solutions, not just running in circles like Chicken Little.

And when a solution is reached, act on it. Check off that item on your "to worry about" list and start worrying about something else.

Pretty soon, you'll be happier.

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