Everyone gets the same amount of time every day. We get all there is… 24 hours… fourteen hundred and forty minutes. So, with time being such a precious commodity, why is it that so many of us spend our days worrying? Worry has almost become a national pastime for most! I suppose if we had a contract to live for a lifetime, it wouldn’t be such a big deal, but we don’t.
James Kurtz said, “If we worry, we don’t trust; if we trust we don’t worry. Worry does not empty tomorrow of its grief, but it does empty today of it joy.”
Here is a reliable estimate of the things people worry about:
- Things that never happen – 40%
- Things over and past that can’t be changed by all the worry in the world – 30%
- Needless worries about our health – 12%
- Petty miscellaneous worries – 10%
- Real legitimate worries – 8%
In short, 92% of the average person’s worries take up valuable time, cause painful stress, mental anguish and, for the most part, are unnecessary. Remember, “Worry empties today of its joy.”
Jesus said, “Which one of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
Clearly understand, there isn’t any situation that isn’t made worse by worry. Worry never solves anything. Worry never prevents anything. Worry never heals anything. Worry serves only one purpose… it makes matters worse. How? Well, quite simply, when you’re focused on worrying about something, you’ll never be able to focus on a solution. Be aware that your mind cannot focus on two things at the same time… It can either focus on the current situation by worrying, or by finding a solution.
The 12-Step program is something you work. Studying it will not help you overcome; working it will. You can choose to focus on your problems or you can hand over your life with all its problems to your Higher Power and continue to work the steps.
The choice is always yours.