Good morning, God. Here I am, back from an early jog/walk and trip to the Farmers’ Market. Walking and talking — such a simple joy. Starting today with a cup of tea and time chatting with Kit — a mostly daily routine — another joy.
And now I am sitting here in silence. The silence is so deep that my first thought upon entering my office was to notice the hum of my printer and TURN IT OFF!
Wouldn’t it be nice if some of our low grade worries could be switched off? God, that WAS a statement, but I changed it to a question because I started to wonder if worry, like fear didn’t serve some sort of useful function. Fear is there to ALERT us and help us to prepare and avoid dangers.
Worry? Perhaps it is to help us map our stress points? To help keep us from being blindsided? Could a wee bit of judicious worry be like a radar sweep — seeing if blips appeared — to be considered? Prepared for?
God, is worry one of those activities that get DISTRIBUTED in a family? I mean, if I worried more, would someone else in the family get to worry less? Probably! But, what I am sensing is that there are assorted kinds of worry. Actually, this is maybe the FIRST time I have ever even considered that worry might have a useful function. DUH! I hope that Duh was from me, God, and not You!
So, now God, please help me adjust my focus to include some useful worrying time. Some mapping of my personal environment and my concentric rings of environments. And, then, having mapped them — let me consider what responses I can make. Ah yes! Sorting out what I CAN do and what I MIGHT do does help. Generating options as a result of identifying worries — sounds like it might even become a joy. Or, am I pushing it? Hey! LET’S PUSH IT!
And, now God, back into the simple joys of daily life. Thank You!