Editors Notebook June 2006

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By nature, I’m a worrywart. I worry about almost everything under the sun. I worry if I go to bed too late because then I won’t be well-rested for the next day. I worry about what I should wear or eat and what to do for the weekend. I worry about work, whether or not I’ve got everything done on time, what will happen if I don’t.

I’ve been this way since I was a child. I just never seem to be able to stop worrying.

The problem with worrying constantly is that little things start to take on more importance than they’re worth. I overanalyze every situation that occurs in my life, which then has a direct effect on my mood. I just can’t seem to let the small stuff go.

I’ve learned over the years, though, that worrying really doesn’t solve anything. It only creates more anxiety. Rather than worrying about a problem, one should try to find a solution to it. For me, though, that’s sometimes easier said than done.

I am working on my worrying. Some might say that I am worrying about worrying. But in reality, I’m trying to let go. I’m trying to teach myself that I can’t control everything that happens to me on a daily basis, and worrying about that which has happened, or is going to happen, won’t change anything.

June 23 is Let It Go Day. This is a day to let go of whatever is bothering you. The theory is that these worries are simply eating at you and providing nothing positive in return. I plan to take advantage of this day and what it represents. I want to rid myself of the daily worries that I drag around. I want to release these thoughts from my mind so that I’ll be better able to enjoy life. I want to experience life to its fullest, without worrying about what’s going to happen next.

I know it won’t happen overnight, and that one day of letting it all go won’t change my life, but it’s a start.

Car manufacturer Henry Ford once said, ‘I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn’t need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry

Words to try and live by. Enjoy and celebrate Let It Go Day. Release all the worries, anxiety, frustrations and irritations that have been keeping you from living life to its fullest. Perhaps by letting it all go, we’ll all discover the key to greater happiness.