Our topic for this week is Worry:
The worry machine chugs along in most of our lives on a daily basis. We are nervous about being on time, looking good, making a positive impression, or being a success. We worry about money, our family members, situations at work, the weather, our health, and myriads of other things. Looking at the world situation, from global warming, to ethnic strife, terrorism, and wars, we worry about the very survival of the planet.
Why do we spend so much energy worrying? Spiritual teachers have suggested some reasons: We do not trust enough in God. We are reluctant to admit that we can’t control everything and make what we want happen. We have trouble accepting the idea that things do go wrong. And, compounding the problem, we have been brainwashed by our culture to believe that nothing good can come out of failure, setbacks, tragedy, or messes.
Suggestions on how to deal with worry:
- Try not to jump to conclusions and assume the worst. When a worry comes to your mind, try to replace it with a positive thought.
- Lift your worries up to God in silence. Don’t use words. Place all your worries in your cupped hands and lift them up to God, turning them over to the Lord. God knows what scares me. God knows why. I don’t need to say a thing.
- Write the things that worry you on a piece of paper or in your journal. Include any actions you might take to deal with your worries. Get them off your mind, knowing you will deal with them when the time comes.
- BREATHE! Deep cleansing breaths can calm your spirit and relieve your tension.
Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND, is the Director of Mission and Ministry at Jennings Center for Older Adults. She offers weekly reflections in writing “Spirituality and You.”