Saturday, March 28, 2015

Saturday Meme

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey”
Barbara Hoffman

This is our quote today from Patricia's Place.

If you Google worry stones, you will see lots of possibilities of these listed and recommended by psychologists even for children who are under stress. The idea is to place the stone between our thumb and forefinger and rub your worries away, or at least think of calming movement to get rid of your worries.

I used to be a worrier, not warrior, as Google thought I was referring at first search. My hubby is my steady calming effect, as he has a patient demeanor and doesn't seem to worry too much about anything. He lays out plans, and enjoys the journey. It has taken me a long time to be able to just enjoy the journey with him.

There is nothing wrong with planning, actually, as it helps to relieve worry for those of us who have the tendency. But planning and then going back to re-plan and worry about all possible outcomes, is really on the borderline of "crazy". Thus the worry stone. 

For example, we are taking a long road trip to Maine this year, then staying for a month and driving back. We can lay out the driving plan, but in the middle of summer, it's not likely we need to have a hotel reservation too far ahead. If we did that, then we would have to be worrying about what time we were going to arrive at the daily destination instead of enjoying the trip. We could also anticipate what would happen if we have a breakdown in our 5-year old 105,000 mile car. But we have AAA if such a situation occurs, so why worry? The list goes on and on.

The point is, there are so many alternatives to any situation if we choose to worry about the outcome. If we do concern ourselves too much about the alternatives, we might miss out on the joy of the adventure. 

What situations can you think of where you might have enjoyed the journey more if you hadn't been a worrier (not warrior...that's a whole other subject!).

Have a special Saturday. Thanks for hosting, Patricia!

Linda Kay
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