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I think these difficult times have helped me to understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way and that so many things that one goes around worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.     ---------Isak Dinesan

  It’s not that we need to seek pain and suffering to glean the rich learnings of life.  When they happen, however, we learn so much more if we can see these situations as rich opportunities for learning.  We spend so much time worrying, and worrying is nothing more than an attempt at remote control.  Often what we worry about never comes to pass.  Unfortunately, we may be so preoccupied with worry that we miss the gifts our life is presenting to us at the moment.  

  When will we realize that the unfolding process of our lives is so much richer and varied than we ever could have planned?  The unplanned and uncontrollable gifts we receive add color to the tapestry of living.

         I never know in advance what will be an important gift for me. Hence it behooves me to be open to possibilities.  

(Taken from the book:  Meditations For Women Who Do Too Much by Anne Wilson Schaef)



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      Mary Clark wrote Mar 24, 2009
    • I admit it.  I am a full blown worrier.  Lately I have been worrying even more. I worry about my boys...my husband....people I come in contact with on a daily basis. I am definitely worrying about our current government and our economy.  And then....I feel like something is wrong..but I just can’t put my finger on it.  I hate when that happens...and to me...I think it’s a sign of depression.  

      So...I think that I’m missing out on some of life’s gifts and worrying about things I have no control over instead of embracing each day like it’s my last day of life.  I really do have so many gifts that have come my way..that were unexpected...that took loads of stress off of me.  If I can just get it straight in my head to let all of this “stuff” go...then I will truly be able to feel alive again.  It’s my choice.



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      Denise Richardson wrote Mar 24, 2009
    • "When will we realize that the unfolding process of our lives is so much richer and varied than we ever could have planned? The unplanned and uncontrollable gifts we receive add color to the tapestry of living."
      Mary I love the post, thanks for sharing it with us this is so profound.



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      Holly Beck wrote Mar 24, 2009
    • It’s easy to say, but hard to do! We need reminders sometimes - like reading a book that really touches us, or hearing about someone that we know dying an untimely death - these things can wake us up and make us appreciate life for a while. Then we gradually forget and go back to worrying.... That is how I am, anyway...



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      Wittymom wrote Mar 24, 2009
    • Hi, My name is Marie and I’m a worrierfrown. I use to blame it on genetics, because both my maternal Grandmother (RIP) and mother worried. I spend endless nights worrying about things that I have no control over, or worrying about things that “could” happen down the line.  I once read somewhere that I should accept uncertainty; I’ve been practicing that, and have gotten better. I don’t think anyone who pays attention to todays world can go about life not worrying, I think the key is trying to be realistic in what we can and cannot control, and taking time to remember all the blessings we receive on a daily basis that outweigh all that “other” stuff.

      Here is an article from the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy that looks at why we as women worry more than men...
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      Wittymom, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.



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      Vikki Hall wrote Mar 24, 2009
    • I try not to worry. I now realize (after many years) that if I have done all that I can to fix a problem/worry then there is nothing else I can do. I shift my focus onto something else. Besides more worry causes signs of aging and I can’t afford plastic surgery.



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