Time spent on worry is wasted
To the Editor:
Worrying is a waste of one’s imagination.
In these troubled times, it’s difficult not to worry about what the future holds for all of us.
I recently viewed a talk by a young, tearful teenager who expressed her concern and sadness that world leaders are not doing anything about climate change. It’s heartwarming to know that our youth take seriously a subject like this.
I confess that when I was a teenager my concerns centered more on having a date for the prom or earning money so I could purchase the latest Frank Sinatra album or some frivolous gee-gaw.
Of course we were not bombarded with world news 24/7 on TV and radio as we are today. We lived in a microcosm.
My late mother never slept, but worried until she knew my three brothers and I were home.
I confess I do that now until I know my grown son and daughter are safe at home, much to their chagrin and they tell me how foolish I am. I always tell them that God put a special “worry” gene in all mothers' makeup.
I saw an interview on TV years ago with Sid Caesar, who was bemoaning the fact he had not heard from his agent in some time. He was worried and angry and decided to walk to his office to berate him for his lack of getting him an engagement.
When he arrived, his agent told him he had been trying to reach him by telephone saying he had a major engagement for him. All that worry and anger was for naught.
We should all try to emulate President Harry Truman. He was once asked if he regretted, or worried about his decision to use the atomic bomb. He replied, “Once the decision was made, I thought no more about it and went to sleep.”
That must have been very difficult to do considering all the lives lost, but best once it’s out of one’s hands.
We all fret too much over what is done and we can no longer change it in most cases. If we can, then do it, but if we cannot change it, forget it.
As to worrying about the future, remember this: “It is folly to rake leaves before they fall from the trees.”
In closing, we needn’t worry about what people think of us because they seldom do.