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Don’t Worry, Be Happy July 31, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Mindfulness, Music & Dance.

Think back over your life:  how much time have you wasted worrying about things that never came to pass?

* Someone’s a few minutes late coming home . . . OMG!  They’re DEAD! 

* You had difficulty taking a test . . . OMG!  I”m going to flunk out of school and spend the rest of my life begging on a street corner.

* Someone laughs at your innocent faux pas . . . OMG!  Everyone is laughing at me.  I’ll never be able to live this down.

If we do not control our thoughts, our thoughts control us.

Worry is the interest paid on a debt we may not owe.

In a similar vein, despair is hidden arrogance:  “I have seen the future and it does not work.”

Instead of letting your mind run away with the spoon, while the cow jumps over the moon, take Bobby McFerrin’s advice, Don’t Worry, Be Happy.

When we stop analyzing and worrying about anything and everything (and, sometimes, even nothing), life gets easier.  A quiet mind, like the surface of a still pond, provides a more accurate reflection. 

Mountains become boulders.  Boulders become rocks.  Rocks become stones.  Stones become pebbles.  And pebbles become nothing more than dust in the wind.

Try spiritual practice and see for yourself. ~ The Buddha


1. Loreen Lee - July 31, 2010

“May you live all the days of your life.”
– Jonathan Swift

From Passion Maps.

nrhatch - July 31, 2010

Excellent quote . . .

We’re all going to die. In the meantime, let’s LIVE and make the most of this moment!

2. Richard W Scott - July 31, 2010

Good post, Nancy, good quote, Loreen.
I wish it were easier being worry-free. Of late I have (finally) begun to let go the things I cannot control. That has been a real relief.

nrhatch - July 31, 2010

It’s a HUGE relief . . . like putting down a wheelbarrow filled with stones.

And, yes, it’s not easy . . . it takes practice, practice, practice. But it’s worth it. Your freedom is at stake. : )

3. mizzezmellymel - August 1, 2010

This is very good advice. I have worried myself to death about things that ended up not even being a big deal. In the end, I had to ask myself why…

nrhatch - August 1, 2010

If you search “ANTs” in the search window ~ you’ll be taken to posts about Automatic Negative Thoughts . . . and how to kill them in their tracks.

Meditation really opened my “eyes” to the “lies” arising in my mind automatically. I learned to really “look” at them and ask whether they were true or not.

This is another article that covers the process:


If we master our thoughts, we master our life.

4. judson2history - August 24, 2010

Thoreau knew what he was talking about when he said, “The mass of men leave lives of quiet desperation … ”

I have always sweated the “little things” and I need to try to do better.

Your blog is a big help.


— Judson

nrhatch - August 24, 2010

Thanks, Judson.

We do let our imaginations run wild at times ~ causing ourselves to suffer needlessly.

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