I recently finished a novel that was a bit odd. I am not sure I can even try to explain the storyline, but it was different enough that it kept my interest. The book was titled: “The Family Needed” by Steven Amsterdam. One of the quotes that resonated with me (even if it was just for the story of a novel) was:
“All I mean is there is no profit in worrying. By the time you get where you’re going, the story will have changed anyway.”
What a great quote for everyday life, and so true. By the time we agonize over what we are worrying about the moment, hour, day has already changed. The story has changed. Why not just focus on the good that is happening right now, and stop worrying about the future? I am one that easily can worry. Will we be safe? Will we have enough money to cover that unexpected expense? What will they think? How will they treat me? Will I be prepared?
There are so many ways we can worry about the future. Whether about a sibling, our job, a child, friend, or parent, there is so much to worry about each and every day. What if your focus and thought was different? What if…you remembered that you had no control over the future, you only have control over right now. You could choose to enjoy the present moment, hour, day. You could choose to have that hard conversation with your friend, or decide to not let their life decisions bother you.
What story will you change, and what story will you let go of today?
Your encouraging ideas about worry (drop it!) remind me of an amazing book I read years ago — The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. Corrie lives through a German concentration camp experience and emerges as an inspirational figure.
“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.”
~ Corrie Ten Boom in The Hiding Place.
I love, love, love this idea! I’m adding her book to my list. Thank you SO much for sharing!