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Why Worry? Would it help?

Mar 30, 2020 09:53AM ● By Maureen Cary
As I am writing this the world, as we know it, seems to be changing moment by moment.  Yet life for my cats, Max & Bailey, remains the same as they nap all afternoon without a care in the world.  Oh, to be a house cat with only food, snuggles and the opportunity for treats to occupy the mind. As I considered that thought, I realized I could learn from these things as well, and learn the lesson to turn my own focus to live in the present, letting the fog of uncertainties of the future dissipate, if only for a few minutes trusting that I know all is well.

Bill and I watched a movie some time ago called “Bridge of Spies”. In it there is a character that is up to his neck in alligators, as the saying goes. When asked if he was worried, he responded, “would it help?” It’s a great line and something of a motto for us. Being aware, taking precautions, and planning for eventualities is all fine but worrying is probably not going to gain you anything but stress and anxiety. This month we have some outstanding, timely editorial, including “Breaking the Worry Habit Before it Breaks You” by John Koenig and “Holding Firm in a Storm” by Susan De Lorenzo. Both are local practitioners who will add insight to your life experiences.

It is heartwarming to see so many coming together and helping each other in so many ways in this unprecedented time. Just this morning, I added two different daily, remote local group meditations to my calendar to be sure and stay connected. I’ve had a friend who is a neighbor of my parents reach out to me to see if they needed anything. I’ve heard stories of folks bringing flowers to nursing homes; it’s a whole new world out there from one minute to the next and we are all in it together. Please take advantage of all of the opportunities that arising with new technologies, and find different ways to connect and build the community we need.

Stay well, hug (or elbow bump!), the ones you love, remain connected in the new ways that technology offers, find the blessings and gratitude for as many moments as you can, continue supporting small businesses and your fellow humans in whatever way you are able and most of all, hold to the belief and understanding that this too, shall pass.

Be well my friends