I’m a natural worrier. At the same time, I try to not fear anything in life. Yet worries are very closely connected to fear.
It’s so easy to say “don’t worry”, but how often can we really push these worries aside? I’ve been reading books about Buddhism and I’ve been trying to apply the basic principles to my way of thinking and living. In this regard, detachment should also mean letting go of worries and clearing the mind. I guess I should try meditation, although I’m not very good at sitting still.
In this context, I wanted to list a few quotes on worrying that may help to ease the mind. It worked for me – well, a little.
“I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.” (Mark Twain)
“How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened.” (Thomas Jefferson)
“Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.” (Benjamin Franklin)
“Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere.” (Glenn Turner)
“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” (Leo Buscaglia)
“Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.” (Arthur Somers Roche)
“Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.” (Swedish Proverb)
“That the birds of worry and care fly over you head, this you cannot change. But that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent.” (Chinese Proverb)
Any my favourite one: