Wisdom From Books

How to stop worrying?

Posted on: February 28, 2010

“Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday”

“Would you sell both your eyes for a billion dollars?”

“We seldom think of what we have but always think of what we don’t have”

Above are a few quotations from an international best seller – “How to stop worrying and start living” by Dale Carnegie.

First lesson from the book: Live in ‘day-tight’ compartmentments.

What does that mean?

Five hundred years before Christ was born, the Greek philosopher Heraclitus told his students that “everything changes except the law of change”. He said: “You cannot step in the same river twice.” The river changes every second; and so does the man who stepped in it. Life is a ceaseless change. The only certainty is today. Why mar the beauty of living today by trying to solve the problems of a future that is shrouded in ceaseless change and uncertainty – a future that no one can possibly foretell?

The old Romans had a word for it. In fact, they had two words for it. Carpe diem. “Enjoy the day. ” Or, “Seize the day.”

The first thing you should know about worry is this: if you want to keep it out of your life, do what Sir William Osier did:

Shut the iron doors on the past and the future.

Live in Day-tight Compartments.

Why not ask yourself these questions, and write down the answers?
1. Do I tend to put off living in the present in order to worry about the future, or to yearn for some “magical rose garden over the horizon”?
2. Do I sometimes embitter the present by regretting things that happened in the past that are over and done with?
3. Do I get up in the morning determined to “Seize the day”-to get the utmost out of these twenty-four hours?
4. Can I get more out of life by “living in day-tight compartments” ?
5. When shall I start to do this? Next week? .. Tomorrow? … Today?


His name was Sir William Osier. Here are the twenty-one words that he read in the spring of 1871-twenty-one words from Thomas Carlyle that helped him lead a life free
from worry: “Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.”

Here is a very nice video on analyzing worrying and problem resolution:


Your thoughts on ‘how to stop worrying’ are welcome! – Share your experiences…..



2 Responses to "How to stop worrying?"

First of all, thanks MM for my all time favorite, Dale Carnegie. Infact it was through him that I got introduced to the amazing world of making friends and relations.

His writings are simple, straight from the heart, straight to the hear, no hard to understand philosophies; and above all, understandable to the common folks as well as the highly intellectuals.

How to stop worrying and start living. We worry about things that never come. What I most liked about the book was gamble based upon the law of averages. Dale Carnegie says that there are people who tell us that they are ready to bet with us, that we will have a wonderful healthy life without accidents and they win cause they know the law of averages says so. We call these people “Insurance Guys” and we pay them very high prices for the bets they take us into.

Wonderful book indeed!

P.S. On a personal note, my blog, “Contribute” has been started. You can read more on http://www.jawadhabib.org/blog and share your views.

I look forward to you all.

Have a wonderful amazing life. Amen!

The review is amazing

It has social and psychological perspective.. very much practical. Does it speak about roots of fear or tries to deal with symptoms of it..there must be other views on positive aspects of fear in human life and cultures?

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