Stop all that worrying

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Periodically, columns by Ted Simonson will appear in our newspaper. He has been a social worker, newspaper editor, business owner and free lance writer. He has written over 500 articles and three books. He states that his writing is “an attempt to write about moral concerns in a bright, unpreachy style.” He maintains that “Christianity, to be worth anything, must make a difference in everyday life.” If you have an opinion about any of Simonson’s articles, please send them to the Brady Standard-Herald, P.O. Box 1151, Brady, Tex. 76825 or email us at bsh@centex. net.) hat a relief! What a load off my mind! If I’d knowN it would be this good, I would have made the change long ago! All the years I’ve spent fretting, wondering, biting my nails in anxiety’all a total waste of time! About 95 percent of the things I dreaded never even happened! It makes me sick to think of all the people I could have encouraged and helped. But how could I’ I was only dimly aware of their difficulties because I was so engrossed in my own. It’s a full-time job, you know, giving myself all that care and attention. Just take my physical condition, for example. What if my headache is the beginning of brain cancer’ What if forgetting my keys is the first awful sign of Alzheimer’s’ What if my heartburn is actually something far more serious’ Then there is the world of social relationships. Why didn’t Bob answer my last letter’ And why did the garage man frown ominously when I told him about the funny sound my motor was making’ Did he fear the worst about my motor or did he simply think my ignorance about cars to be inexcusable’ Why haven’t the in-law visited this year’ Have we offended someone’ Other common areas for worry include religion, taxes, and of course, the weather. No, I’ve decided anxiety is absolutely worthless. I’ve never seen anybody add years to their lives, cheat the undertaker, or win Olympic gold through worrying! It’s not a skill you get better at through practice. No colleges offer courses in it or grant degrees. Basketball, baseball and football are honored sports, but this activity has no “stars,” no playoffs, no Super Bowl. You can study plumbing and make a good living at it, but nobody will give you a dime for worrying. No enterprise of man has been performed with such persistence and produced so little. The Bible says it is impossible through worry to add one inch to your height. It bids us consider the flowers and the birds. They seem to get along fine without trying to figure out what will happen tomorrow. I think, at least, I’m getting the point. I’m through with worrying. I’m ready to get on with the rest of my life. How about you’

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