So I had an interesting conversation with a colleague, and they tell me their philosophy about worry, as follows:
Worrying is suffering twice!
I thought this was pretty smart.
With worry, we suffer when we worry and then we suffer again if the thing we are worrying about actually comes to fruition.
So in essence, we are doubling up on the suffering.
Yet, worry can be constructive if we use it to spur us to positive action such as in confronting and dealing with challenging situations.
But when we worry just for the sake of worry because we can’t control our anxiety and moreover, it actually may paralyze us with fear, then this is obviously a bad thing.
Do I worry?
Sure do, but like my dad, I use worry to try and think out-of-the-box, to plan, to problem-solve, to figure out coping mechanisms etc.
Worry is suffering for sure.
However, if we can channel the worry to positive impact, then the worry can be worth the pain it inflicts on us. 😉
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)