In Others’ Words: Worry … or Not
“Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere.” ~Erma Bombeck, American writer & humorist
So … I worried some this past weekend.
To be honest, I went several rounds with worry. And while I wouldn’t say worry won, there were times that worry backed me into a corner.
I kept reminding myself of this quote. Reminding myself that worry didn’t accomplish anything. I was wasting precious time and energy worrying.
Yeah, yeah. I knew all that. And still I went round and round and round with the “what ifs” and the “why nots” and the “oh nos” and the “woe is mes.”
During one of my bouts of worry, I finally said, “Enough!” I sat myself down on the couch and grabbed my sketch pad and my big box of markers and Sharpies and pens and I prayed.*
You read that right: I put pen to paper and prayed. Because besides hearing the ol’ “worrying is like rocking in a rocking chair” analogy, I’ve also heard that you can choose to do one of two things: worry or pray. But you can’t do both at the same time.
In Your Words: Does worry ever back you into a corner? What do you do to conquer worry — to send it back to its corner?
*Curious about praying using pen and paper (and Sharpies and markers?) Check out Praying in Color.