So why worry?
Inspired by @revtrev’s quote from Turner “Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere”, I have remembered this little talk, supposedly from an old Irish priest. Whether that is apocryphal or not I don’t know – but I do know that there are few children’s talks more remembered by adults than this one.
Take a HUGE piece of paper and write the word “worry” on it, as big as you like. With each numbered point below, tear the paper in half and discard half of it.
- There are only two things to worry about – today & tomorrow. Tomorrow hasn’t happened yet, so that only leaves today.
- If you’re going to worry about today, there are only two things to worry about – whether you’re ill or whether you’re well. If you’re well, you have nothing to worry, about, so that only leaves being ill.
- If you’re ill, there’s only two things to worry about – whether you’ll get better or whether you’ll die. If you’re going to get better, that only leaves dying to worry about.
- If you’re going to die, there’s only two things to worry about – whether you’re going to heaven or whether you’re going to hell. If you’re going to heaven, you’ve nothing to worry about.
By this stage the piece of paper will be so small that you can scrumple it up and put it in a breast pocket where God can be left to worry about it.
As Alexsandr Orlov would say – simples!