“Let’s examine the record.” Let’s ask ourselves: “What are the chances, according to the law of averages, that this event I am worrying about will ever occur?”
This is a good one! Even if the event is going to occur, what’s the use in worrying about it? This rule is easier said than done, but it is a good reminder.
Let’s not allow ourselves to be upset by small things we should despise and forget. Remember “Life is too short to be little.”
I was reminded of this rule tonight when visiting my spouse’s great-aunt who is in her 70s. She told me story after story of her youth and recalled each and every detail as if it were yesterday. The frailness in her hands and voice reminded me that we are all given a gift of life to make with what we choose. And so much of life is choice. Not accidents. Not fate. But choice.
What is it that we choose to focus our attention on? What memories do we want to have when we are in our golden years? Will you have smile lines or frown lines?
These are the questions I am thinking about today.
I’ve been reading a great book by Dale Carnegie, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living. Originally published in 1944 it’s amazing how the key points still apply.
Rule 1: Keep busy. The worried person must lose himself in action, lest he wither in despair.
Being busy has always had a good effect on my outlook on life. Luckily these days I have been very busy. I’d add to this that exercise is key as well. Moderate exercise is the miracle cure that people often overlook.