Worry Freak or Worry Free?

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The beginning of a new year always feels kinda weird to me.

There is something about the finality of the numerical year that causes one to assess or rank the previous year and then forces one’s attention to the future to ponder or speculate on the next twelve months.

Let’s face it, we don’t look at March 12th the same way we view January 1st.  We don’t sit up late on the evening of the 11th and reflecting on the year past.

But the end and beginning of a numerical calendar year is different.

I do reflect on the year and tend to give it some level of ranking.  Being that I tend to be a “bullet point” kind of person I’m sure that my evaluation system is much too simplistic to most people’s liking.

My three point ranking system is – Good year, ok year, and bad year.

Then I will typically add a couple of words as descriptors.

For example, my description of 2012 was this.  Overall 2012 was a good year with a huge transition and challenges.

Yep… that’s it.  It may be much too broad and non-descript for you but it works for me.  Like everyone else I have had bad years… 2003 and 2009 were brutal.

My simple process of reflection works very well in the other direction too – looking forward to the upcoming year.

I personally try to keep my head clear of any prolonged or specific speculation about what the year may bring.  The year will be what it will be and I will deal with it as it comes tends to be my basic philosophy.

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If you’re in a bad situation, don’t worry it’ll change. If you’re in a good situation, don’t worry it’ll change.
- John A. Simone, Sr.
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But one can’t help wondering to some degree what type of year 2013 will be.

There’s enough political and social craziness to cause some people to nose dive into the pits of negativity and fear.

But I figure, why get stressed out or worry about something that hasn’t happened.

I have my fair share of concerns about things that can happen and potentially impact my life (the economy as an example) but I don’t tend to worry.

Worry is a trap that corrupts the present.

Maybe I am too simple but I figure why get myself all worked up and stressed over something that probably won’t happen.  If the negative does happen… I will get worked up then.

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“I am an old man and I have known a great many troubles… but most of them never happened.”

- Mark Twain

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Just because I don’t worry now doesn’t mean that I don’t have an appropriate level of concern about those things that may be looming that could impact my life.

As mentioned earlier, there’s a lot of economic and political craziness right now.  I will be careful about what I spend, what I save, etc. because it is both logical and responsible.

The worriers will say that they are doing the same thing, just being appropriately concerned.   Nope, not the same… concern doesn’t rob life’s joy or peace… worry does.

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Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.
- Corrie Ten Boom
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Worry robs your life of life.

Think about it, what an interesting phrase – life being robbed from our life.

No one on this earth knows what 2013 will bring.

2013 may give me a bitter cup to drink.  If so, I pray I drink it with grace and patience.  But I decide now not to worry.

2013 may offer me a sweet cup to enjoy.  If so, I pray I drink it with humility and gratefulness.

I approach this year with open heart and hands.

Thanks for checking in with me.  See you Monday.

Ciao.

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