I had a lovely night’s sleep. The kids were asleep by 8:30 and, since Handsome Hippie Hubby was working late, I wasn’t far behind them. That meant I had the rare morning when I woke up before my alarm went off.
The house is blessedly quiet. The windows are open. I can hear the hum of the fan in the other room and the early birds chirping outside as the sun is just starting to peek up over the horizon. What a wonderful way to start the day!
As I sipped my
daily drug morning coffee, I thought about what I would like to share with you today. I’ve had lots of ideas swirling in my tie-dyed brain. But, one in particular kept coming back to me. I’ve been trying hard to pay better attention to those little whispers I hear in my heart, so here’s what I’d like to say, in my very best hippie voice:
Stop worrying so much.
Be at peace.
Do you know that Jesus gave this very advice?
He said, “do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you-you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For Gentiles run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Most people, even if they don’t call themselves “Christian” think Jesus was a smart guy. But maybe you just need to hear it from someone else? How about Buddha?
“The secret of health, for both mind and body, is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”
Not feeling it for Buddha either?
A wise man of Hindu faith you may have heard of, Mahatma Gandhi, said, “There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.”
Are you an atheist? No belief in God at all? Or maybe an agnostic who’s just not sure? Then let us turn to those men (and women!) of science at WebMD.com. They say:
“Are you an excessive worrier? Perhaps you subconsciously think that if you “worry enough,” you can prevent bad things from happening. But the fact is worrying can affect the body in ways that may surprise you. When worrying becomes excessive, it can lead to feelings of high anxiety and even cause you to be physically ill. …chronic anxiety and outpouring of stress hormones can have serious physical consequences, including:
- suppression of the immune system
- digestive disorders
- muscle tension
- short-term memory loss
- premature coronary artery disease
- heart attack
The point is, there is no point in worrying. It is good to be aware. To plan. To prepare, But worrying about things that may (or may NOT) happen in the future, or things outside of your control is fruitless. There is nothing to be gained. Be aware that right now, at this very moment, you have everything you need. Can’t let go? Make a conscious effort to think of 10 things you’re thankful for right now. Still can’t let go? List 10 more. Or find a way to take action. Even unrelated action. Can’t figure out how you’re going to pay a bill? Clean the kitchen. At least your hands will be busy and you’ll feel better for having done something. Or be silly. Go to the drug store and try on goofy sunglasses. Take a walk around your neighborhood. Backwards. While whistling Dixie. Wearing your new silly sunglasses. Be fully in THIS moment. It will give your neighbors some good entertainment. And why not? Sitting there worrying isn’t accomplishing anything. You will be a happier, healthier, more productive person if you can tap into your inner hippie and…
Find your groove.
Go with the flow.
Here’s wishing you a day full of peace and beauty and joy and love.