What if worry were optional?

What if worry were optional?

What if the remedy for worrying isn’t to reduce the number of things we have to worry about but to see that everything we worry about is ephemeral*? As we come to really see this, we see that even worry is nothing to worry about. ♥

None of this is intended to disparage or trivialize your worries. They feel real until they don’t. And I invite you, when you can, to keep playing with the possibility that when we worry, we are responding to our own thoughts and not to the circumstances we think are a problem. It’s not something to take on faith or get intellectually; it’s an insight that arises from observation and wonder.

PS: I’m playing with new camera settings. Love or hate the zoom? Please let me know!

*A friend suggested it might be helpful to share the definition of ephemeral, so here goes. This is from Uncle Google.

e·phem·er·al
adjective
adjective: ephemeral
  1. 1.
    lasting for a very short time.
    “fashions are ephemeral”
    antonyms: permanent
    • (chiefly of plants) having a very short life cycle.
noun
noun: ephemeral; plural noun: ephemerals
  1. 1.
    an ephemeral plant.

 

11 Comments

  1. Herby Radmann

    I am aware… that I think…
    A wondrous twist in perspective…

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    • Molly

      It is, Herby. So simple, and something I suspect many of us have toyed with intellectually. Yet when we actually see it, revelatory!

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  2. Christy

    Ditto! Molly the other day I stood peering up at a roller coaster ride and thought to myself this ride could be called the “the human experience”. We get on, have all kinds of thoughts about getting on, staying on, and getting off. Then it is over. We go back to our regular lives. In my case, less intense and somewhat calmer life. And yet I do love a good carnival ride. That’s my kind of spirituality!

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    • Molly

      Especially given that–as you pointed out to me, Christy–a wiser and kinder and more powerful entity than myself designed an infallible safety system on the roller coaster! <3

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  3. Christy

    PS: I like the Zoom.

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  4. Susan

    Hi Molly,
    Great camera quality, you look terrific!
    Love your talk on worry in relation to your health. It serves no positive purpose and lives only in your head. I’ve yet to meet a surgeon who can remove this thing we call worry. You’re right too in the getting caught up at times, it happens, but I notice it doesn’t stay very long. I just make something new up instead.

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    • Molly

      Yes, unless we wrestle with them, thoughts pass all by themselves. Loverly!

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  5. JC Snowe

    Larger face image probably better on a small screen; not so much on a big one. However, I’m not worried about it! 🙂

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  6. Janey Kelf

    Yes I agree I know I have a choice I can get into worrie’s dialogue which makes me distressed but solves nothing…. or I can say Whoa nunuh breathe andlet go. I like yr vid cheers janey

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  7. Dawn

    Realizing more and more that this is true. Sending much love your way, Molly. Always love hearing your insights!

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    • Molly

      Thank you, Dawn. Realizing what we already know is true is on of my favorite things!

      Reply

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