Monday, December 28, 2009


Whenever a new year approaches, I think everyone starts thinking about what the next year might bring. 2009 was not a particularly good year for a lot of people and so we all might be approaching the New Year with high hopes for an improvement. Some may have a feeling of apprehension because they are out of work, out of funds, illness may have struck and they are worried they may not make out very well. Others may not have been affected that much and so are just hanging in there thinking that maybe they will be spared the lay-off or other bad things.

I was just reading a short synopsis of Rene Descartes dissertation on his famous statement, often quoted, “I think therefore I am”. Have you ever thought of the word “think” all by itself? It is one that sets us apart from the animals “with which we share this planet”. Descartes comes to the conclusion that he came by this theory by realizing he couldn’t think the thoughts that he does without having received the ability from someone greater than himself. That it is a gift of the highest caliber. Just sit and ponder what the word "think" really means in our lives.

Sometime we may think that it is not so great. Some of us think too much and worry about things we should not. Remember the song “Queue Sera Sera”—whatever will be, will be. The future’s not ours to see. Queue sera sera. “ The most important things we have are love, family and friends and of course, faith.

This is my message to all of you. Don’t worry. Don’t think too much. Just trust and do your best with whatever cards you are dealt in the New Year. And I hope I can not only talk the talk, but walk the walk as well, for I am a born worrier. My best to you.


GooseBreeder said...

Keep talking that talk and walking that walk Bernie! Missed you for a while there but it was worth the wait.

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Gail said...

I really don't know how to follow the wonderful words of anonymous, so I will just say, Well said!

RNSANE said...

Bernie, I hope I can heed your wise words. I'd like to think 2010has to be a better year for me. I was at the lowest of the low to lose my nursing job of 21 years...the first time in my life, I haven't worked and I ended up retiring..long before I wanted. Nine months living on $100,000 less a year. It's been hell...and I wish a forensic nursing position would happen for me because that's about all I can do now, at 65...but I have survived and I do have many blessing...good friends, blogging friends, and, though my travels have been curtailed, I have been all over this world - still a few places I want to go so we shall see!

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

I read a book last year that took on that famous statement. The perspective was that it is actually just the opposite, we are, therefor we think. And too much thinking keeps us from our core selves...

Happy new year Bernie ; -)

Wanda said...

I loved your post Bernie...It's true...thinking and worrying too much is like living in your head...instead of living in the moment, being really present in your and now!

Anita said...

I know people who are "born worriers." I often wonder if there is a cure...probably not. I guess we need all kinds of people to keep us balanced.
Blessings and well wishes
to you in the new year!

I liked your comment on my "Passion" post. Thanks you!

Bernie said...

Well said my friend, I used to worry about everything then it seemed that everything happened anyway so I really don't waste much time and energy on that emotion anymore.....except when I have to drive in the snow, don't think I will ever manage that one without a bit of worry.
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and sending you much love, and many blessings for 2010.
You have been such an inspiration too me in 2009 and I am very much looking forward to our blogging together in 2010, I happen to think you have a wonderful daughter as well.....:-) Hugs

June said...

I read this post while drinking my morning coffee yesterday morning. A Monday morning. Your words of advice truly helped me let go of some worry and dread.
Thank you.

Deb Shucka said...

What a great message to enter the new year with. Thank you for your words. Happy, Happy New Year to you.

Michelle Wells Grant said...

I "think" you're so right! Most of us do tend to over think things!
Wishing you the happiest 2010! Oh, and don't worry, I'm keeping an eye on your daughter. I do my best to keep her out of trouble!

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