There’s a Bible verse about worry, to the effect that each day has its own trouble and that we shouldn’t entertain thoughts about what drama tomorrow might bring.
It’s Matthew 6:34:
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” [NIV]
I have also seen or heard riffing about the fact that a large percentage of the things we worry about never come to pass. It’s all in our heads…
Here’s some input from 16th century French essayist Michel de Montaigne:
“My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened.”
I have written here before about my moments of mountains-out-of-molehills, worst-case-scenario thinking that runs counter to my predilection for personal development – and I know that concocting scenarios can come to no good end. At best, this thinking saps my energy and makes for a “blah” day. At worst, I might be summoning a wave of negative energy that could be very difficult to quell.
Which brings me to a contrasting question:
When something good happens in your life – especially something that you have been wishing, hoping and praying for – how does that make you feel?
It could be something as simple as an unexpected check that covers an overdue bill, a passing grade on a daunting test, a phone call you have been waiting for – or as dynamic as a job offer from the ideal employer or a much-needed reconciliation.
When cool things happen like that, I feel a rush of joy, well-being and gratitude.
It’s important to be grateful.
If you are like me, you have experienced so many wonderful and serendipitous moments in your life – so many blessings – that, in the moment, you know these to be brushes with divinity.
I have experienced too many of these “God moments” to ignore them. That being said, however, why do we sometimes have trouble realizing that the “troubles of the day” can be met and overcome by the same cosmic presence?
Memory is a funny thing.
If we know that many of our worries never come to pass and that we have experienced examples of what I’ll call divine providence, why is it so easy to revert back to limiting beliefs and overthinking?
I want so much to remember once and for all that we have the power to choose our responses to any situation. We have complete control in this realm, whether we believe that in the moment or not.
Take it from the “Father of American Psychology,” William James:
“Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.”