A few days ago I left a comment on a great post from the inspiring Jess Lively, and she kindly responded and pointed me in the direction of the poignant Mark Twain quote above. How many of you can relate to his statement? I certainly can, and it reminded me of another great quote that I often think of when I start to worry about things that (like most things I worry about) are utterly outside of my control:
Sometimes when I find myself worrying, I think of that quote and I realize, yes, I’m using my imagination to construct a possible reality (a bad one). What if I just use my imagination, and instead, construct a better, or even a wonderful, possible reality? Both the bad one and the wonderful one are equally real-which is to say, not real at all, but rather constructs of my imagination. That thought helps me to remember that the things I worry about aren’t real. They are possibilities, yes. But so is me winning the Lottery a possibility. And I don’t think that’s actually going to happen. So why should I think the things I worry about are going to happen?
Everyone worries, but I think it’s important to utilize strategies to not let worrying consume your thoughts-which could be consumed with much better things, like simply thinking of something enjoyable, or coming up with a great idea, or imagining the good things that the future might hold. This is something that I’m continuously working on in my own life.
Original image via. Text added by me.