Saturday, August 26, 2023

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

 You know the lyrics..

“In every life we have some trouble
But when you worry, you make it double
Don't worry, be happy
Don't worry, be happy now
Don't worry
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh) Be happy
(Ooh-ooh-ooh) Don't worry, be happy
(Ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh) Don't worry
(Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh) Be happy
(Ooh-ooh-ooh) Don't worry, be happy”

This is an important truth I have reflected on over this week… one I used to know well and post about.  What is worry?  It’s fear.  What benefit comes from being fearful over the future.  What’s going to happen is going to happen.  Yes, you can prepare for it, but if you fear over it, you just end up losing your balance and your peace.  It’s much better to just be your happy self and make others happy.  

I know it’s not easy, especially when you have major stuff affecting your life.  In two days, I’ll be arriving at a hospital for a surgery with weeks of recovery, after.  But… that’s going to be the case with or without anxiety.  The outcome will happen with or without my attention.. in fact I’ll be out when it is going on.  So, why fear over it?  Why think about the future at all, short of as I said in preparation?

This is true in every area of your life, and I have been failing at applying it to my life.  Blame the day job I guess.  Accountants tend to think they need to control all parts of their job to be effective, even though the office never goes as planned.  Life outside the office can be the same way.  If you worry over your life and try to control things, you end up frustrated and missing a life happening around you and the joys that can be had in it.

I’m definitely not perfect with this.  It often takes a few glasses of wine to chill out enough to silence those internal worry and criticism voices so I can be in the mental state I should be in all the time… let it all go and just find joy in the moment.. or .. don’t worry, be happy.  Just live the days and let tomorrow work itself out.  That’s my intention going forward.

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