Why worry? It never pays

As part of our health routine, my husband and I try to schedule some laughter every day.
If nothing else, we watch one or two old sit-coms, like “Mister Ed.”
In case you don’t remember, Mister Ed is a beautiful palomino horse owned by Wilbur Post–a horse with a difference.
Mister Ed talks! Unfortunately, he only talks to Wilbur, which sometimes puts him in a very difficult spot.
Among his many faults, Mister Ed is a very opinionated horse. And he does not like Wilbur’s best friend and neighbour, Roger Addison—an opinion that Roger returns.
He’s just an “old plug,” Roger says as he recommends that Wilbur sell Mister Ed. At the same time, Roger is a very stingy and somewhat selfish person, and he doesn’t mind taking advantage of Wilbur’s love for Mister Ed for his own purposes.
When wives Carol and Kay planned a costly trip, Roger remarked to Wilbur that Mister Ed seemed quite sickly and he also seemed to be losing a lot of hair from his tail.
After that pronouncement, both Wilbur and Mister Ed worried for days. Wilbur had doubts about the trip and Mister Ed was sure he was going bald!
It seemed every day there were more and more hairs in Mister Ed’s stall. So, finally, sick with worry, Wilbur called the vet.
After examining Mister Ed and studying the hairs from the stall, the vet phoned Wilbur and reported that Mister Ed’s tail was in fine shape. But he couldn’t understand why the hairs from Mister Ed’s stall were human hairs.
Roger was the culprit! All that worry for nothing!
Worry! As a very young woman, I remember I had an unusual way of diffusing worry. When planning a long road trip, I would worry ahead.
Then when the day came, I was relaxed because I already had worried and I knew that what you worry about rarely happens.
Later in life when we moved to “tornado alley,” someone told me that a tornado hits a particular location only every 500 years.
Statistically accurate or not, that “fact” kept me from worrying all the time. After all, if a tornado was going to strike our house only every 182,500 days, why should it be today?
“Worry affects your body,” says webmd.com, one of my favourite health websites.
When worrying becomes excessive, it can lead to feelings of high anxiety and even can cause you to become physically ill.
So is it worth it?
What do you worry about? Tornadoes, your health, a pending trip, your weight, your children’s spending habits, running out of money yourself after retirement? Or is it fear of falling that keeps you awake at night?
Think about all those things. Are they reasonable? Can you do something about them? Or are they someone else’s problem?
Answering those questions—and acting on the answers—should help your “worry” problem and give you peace of mind.
And always remember that worrying about the future is a waste of time.
So why not stop worrying and begin enjoying the present!
Marie Snider is an award-winning health writer and syndicated columnist. Write her at thisside60@cox.net

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