I recently read somewhere (I can’t remember where… probably Facebook) that worrying is like praying for what you don’t want.
Have you ever noticed how true that statement is? Have you ever woke up and started fretting about all the things that lay ahead of you? Maybe you’re worried about that deadline that is looming on your work project. Maybe you’re worrying about money or bills. Maybe you’re worried about your spouse or your children. Have you noticed how, when you wake up and begin your day in the headspace of worry, you start to notice all of the other things that you could worry about? It’s like you opened the door to let one worry into your brain and then they all come pouring in like gangbusters.
Truthfully, what is worry going to accomplish? It elevates our heart rate, shortens our breath, raises our blood pressure, and makes us feel like poo, sure! But does it have any, at all, influence on the outcome of that which we are so anxious about? No! In fact, it really only makes things worse!
This is why I have a non-negotiable practice of prayer and meditation each day. I set strong intentions for how I want my day to go and then surrender the details of the outcome to a power greater than mine. Then I let it go and begin about my business of looking for all the things I can be happy about. That is really our job, to find the things to be happy about, joyful about, to bless the things we love. To praise the things we are grateful for and exalt the things that we love to the forefront of our minds so that they can cast out the things that we fear. Our job is to give words to the things that are going right and to move our focus away from complaining about the things that are going ‘wrong’. Our job is to get into the flow of the universal force of wellbeing and allow our prayers to be answered with ease and grace.
This week, when worry and anxiety comes to rob your joy, I encourage you to shift your focus and begin naming things you’re grateful for. See how your outlook changes when you make it a priority to focus on the good.