Life seems to come and go a year at a time, and how quickly they slip away. Last week I happened to pick up a little book from the library sale entitled “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living”. It cost me 50 cents and yielded $500 worth of free therapy.
Written in 1848 by Dale Carnegie, the book holds the key to letting go of our human tendencies to worry ourselves miserable. He says we would be
better off to live our lives a day at a time, staying grounded in the present moment (where you actually have some influence) instead of fretting and losing sleep over things that have already happened or haven’t happened yet.
“Shut the iron doors on the past and the future,” Carnegie advises. “Live in day-tight compartments.”
He offers a little exercise to help us get back to the here and now.
Write out and answer the following questions:
- What is the problem?
- What is the cause of the problem?
- What are all possible solutions?
- What is the best action to take today?
- DO It and put it out of your mind.
My high school friend, the late Linda Murrah, had a grandfather who liked to say “Do what you can about what you can and don’t worry about what you can’t.”
Pretty good advice, don’t you think?