Monday, October 25, 2010


Click on link to see the Ink Spots sing "Do I Worry?"

I have always read and heard that the things you worry about almost never happen. So I figured early on in life that yep that seems the way to go and so I took up worrying. I am about the best worrier you will ever find in this life. Like having my tooth pulled recently, for instance. I worried and worried and it was postponed so many times and then the day finally came . I went in and bravely stood at the counter and said “I am here to have my wisdom tooth pulled.”

It was a piece of cake. He put in the IV and I was talking to him and then while I am looking at him he says,” You’re done. The tooth is out.” At least that is the way it seemed to me. I could not believe that any time had elapsed, that I was not conscious, and did not see or feel anything. But I’ll take it. Believe me. What a load off my shoulders! I really am a wimp. So many of us worry about things beginning when we are very young and all through life.

I remember when son No. 2 was a little boy and was so obsessed with the idea that there were elephants under his bed. We had been planning a trip to visit my brother in Kansas City . They have a great zoo and we thought it might be a good idea to show Jimmy what an elephant looked like and that it could not possibly get under his bed. I shall never forget the look on Jimmy’s face when he saw these huge monsters of the wild. A rare moment.

When we are young we worry about such little things as a zit on the end of our nose before the big dance. Or that Shirley has bigger boobs than I have and the boys will like her and not me. We worry about tests we have to take and we used to worry about those new-fangled home permanents that they would turn our hair green or make it all fall out or something. (Bet most of you don't even know about those!)

Do you think these jeans fit my butt tight enough? Do you think I will get a bid to the Prom? Will my dinner turn out right and will my guests like it?

I don’t know if anyone ever beats the habit. There is always this little nag that if I don’t worry, it will happen. I think we all worry ---some more than others. Is it worth it? Causes a lot of wear and tear on the psyche. But if it prevents catastrophes from happening I’m all for it.

{Be sure to listen to the Inkspots ----from the 40's I think. My brother loved them.
Click back to the post after you are done listening.)


Bernie said...

What a lovely song, I wish we had more of that kind of music today instead of rap!
You know Bernie I do not worry. Everything that could happen has happened and I am still here to speak of I don't waste my energy worrying. My problem is I care too much so I have deep concerns for family and friends. But I never lose any sleep nor do I pace the floor. I think not to worry is a gift (at least for me it is)
Did you spend some time with Julie? I hope so. We got our first snow last night and today. Not much accumulation but a beautiful blanket of white out side.
Take care my friend/I care....Hugs

The Book Nut said...

I used to worry a lot but then I married my wonderful wife and she has helped me to realize that worrying just isn't worth it! She always tells me that God will take care of us, and believe it or not He always has. I used to worry that I'd never find a good wife, and I didn't.....I found a perfect one!

So now I just cruise through life doing the best I can and letting the rest play out however it will.

"Lord, help me to change the things I can change, accept the things I can't, and have the wisdom to know the difference."

Donna said...

I think to worry is a natural feeling but my philosophy is "why worry until you have concrete reasons to know you Have to"! Wasted time and effort. I'd rather be happy. Does no good...but just have to, huh?

Wanda..... said...

I am not the worrying kind, unless there is a definite problem to solve, then I try to face it and solve it.

I like this quote...Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.
~Leo Buscaglia

Pat said...

I admit - I am a worrier. Always have been, always will be. My husband always says to me, "What good does worrying do? It doesn't change anything!" I know he's right, yet I can't help myself!

Anita said...

I don't worry as much as I used to. As you said, it messes with ones mind. I don't like stress and try my best to talk myself out of it.

The first thing I noticed about the Ink Spots was how sharply dressed they were. And I've learned a new song. :)

Deb Shucka said...

That video was priceless! I'm so glad to hear your dental adventure turned out well. Interesting approach - to worry as a means of preventing bad things from happening. I love the way you think. :-)

Fragrant Liar said...

It was the Dalai Lama who said something to the effect that "If I can't do anything about it, why worry? And if I CAN do something about it, why worry?" That's one of my mottos, so when I'm worrying that's one of the things I have to remind myself.

Hope you're doing well, Bernie.

Kelly said...

OMG I have fallen in love :) I love your blog completely :) And the worrying thing you nailed it!!

Cheryl said...

Hi Bernie, so glad the tooth thing worked out well! Yes I admit to being a bit of a worrier. At least I always figure out what's the worst that can happen and try to ensure it doesn't. Mostly the thinking about it is always worse than the actual event!

Caroline said...

I'm a newcomer to the US from the UKL and find myself worrying so much more now thaty I'm not surrounded by my family...I know it doesn't help at all!! Good to know I'm not alone!


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