Life is too short to be worried

My brother was called out to fix a broken sewer pipe a couple of weeks ago. At the time it was quite urgent, but we couldn’t get there until about a week later so they had to wait.
When he arrived on site yesterday, he had found out that the man who needed the pipe fixed had just found out that week that he only had a week to live and had recently just passed away over the weekend.
How can things that seem so important one minute, be so irrelevant the next? A broken pipe can have people in a panic, but when that reality is placed next to the ultimate truth that they could die at any moment, a broken pipe is literally just that, with no emotion attached to it. There are more important things to focus on.

Yes, life goes on and things need to be taken care of, but when you find yourself completely worked up over the little things in life, ask yourself- “Is this really worth feeling stressed about?” “If I only had a week to live, is this how I want to be living it?”
Worry never truly fixes things. Finding solutions to your problems does. Sometimes these solutions take time, and as long as you are focused on creating solutions, then you are not worrying, you are creating.

There is a lovely irish philosophy that helps to put worry in its place-

There are only 2 things to worry about-
Either you are well or you are sick.
If you are well, there is nothing to worry about.
If you are sick, then there are only two things to worry about,
Either you will get well or you will die.
If you get well, there is nothing to worry about.
If you die, there are only two things to worry about.
Either you will go to heaven or hell.
If you go to heaven, there is nothing to worry about.
If you go to hell, then you’ll be so busy shaking hands with all your friends, that you won’t have time to worry!
Why worry!

I also find it helpful to find gratitude for the things that you do have here and now. Even the little things. It trains your mind to find the positives in life which allows you to find more peace and happiness in a world that is constantly trying to find ways to stress you out. The next time you feel yourself getting stressed and worked up over something, take the focus from yourself and try to refocus on gratitude for the positive things in your world.  

Here are a few of my simple things to be grateful for—

Hot showers
Clean clothes
Money to pay the rent every week
Clean, fresh drinking water
Clean, fresh air to breathe
Health
The ability to see, hear, taste, touch and smell
Fresh sheets on the bed.
The people in your life.
The people who go to work every day to make your coffee, create the clothes you wear, clean public spaces, deliver your parcels and build your homes.
The Peaceful and Quiet times
Teachers
Friends, family and loved ones.
Coffee!

Hope this helps relieve your worry 🙂
Namaste
Janine

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