When To Worry (Hint: Never) Mary Traina

If you’re like me, you’ve been wondering when is the best time to start worrying. Is this an activity we should reserve exclusively for when we are desperately trying to fall asleep? Or should we also worry on a first date, mid-conversation, about the possibility that there is lipstick on our teeth? How about on national holidays?

Luckily for us, there is now an answer to all of these questions! And as it turns out, there is no need to worry at all – at least not according to this amazing, Buddhist-inspired chart that I want to print on the inside of my contacts so that I can stare at it all of the time. Wait, did I just invent Google Glass?

As we can conclude from this chart, worry is just a way we are choosing to forfeit control of our lives. While choosing to take that control back is difficult, it can be made simpler if we take a few deep breathes and stare deep into our new contacts.

Such a simple concept, I worry I should have realized this sooner.

Such a simple concept, I worry I should have realized this sooner.

Thank you, Elephant Journal, for this amazing reminder to chill!

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  1. I found a really great graphic of this somewhere and it’s taped to my desk at work. I’m a worrier, so it’s a good reminder to have around.

  2. Yes… but the thing that’s missing is this:

    “Can you do something about it?” -> “I don’t know” or “I can try something but I don’t know if it will work”. I guess I’m just being cynical or pedantic, I’m a devoted worrier.

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