How to stop worrying?
Posted February 28, 2010on:
“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?
EVERY DAY IS A NEW LIFE TO A WISE PERSON
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…..