- The Beatles (Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da)
Of all our emotions, worry is easily the least useful. In fact, it's of no use at all. It serves absolutely no purpose.
It accomplishes nothing and causes unnecessary anxiety. And the time you spend worrying could be time spent solving the problem you're worrying about.
It's bad for your health. From ulcers to migraines to nail-biting – worry takes its toll on our bodies.
The problem with worry is that it focuses on an imaginary future instead of the very real present moment. Worry is, literally, all in our minds.
It's a control issue, really. Our mind/ego worries because it feels it has no control over the outcome. And guess what? It's right.
Taoists believe that everything follows the natural order of things, which means everything is in its proper place and will work out the way it's supposed to work out - regardless of our interference. You HAVE to trust in this.
When you catch yourself worrying, remind yourself that it's all gonna be OK. Relax your body, take a few deep breaths. Focus on the things you can do right now and let the future take care of itself.
It always does.
Stop trying to control
Let go of fixed plans and concepts,
And the world will govern itself. (v. 57)