Worry Too Much?
How you can help instead.
Published: May 6, 2012
by Alan Cohen
Exchange your fear with love.
“Every thought is a prayer. Worry is prayer in reverse.”
― Source unknown
You have likely been taught that if you love someone, you worry about them. Let’s revisit that assumption. Does worry really help someone you love? Does it help you?
If you love someone who is in pain or danger, it is natural to feel for them and want to help them. The question is: What is the best way to help?
I once paid a hospital visit to the child of some friends, a little boy who had complications at birth and needed lots of help. As I stood at the baby observation window with the child’s family, I could feel their anxiety. I closed my eyes and asked God how I could be most helpful. The answer came: “Stay at peace and see the boy as perfect and healed. Everyone else is worried about him, so your energy of peace will be immensely helpful to him.” The child gradually gained strength and grew up healthfully.
Dropping worry about your loved ones does not mean that you sit idly by and do nothing (although in many cases less doing and more trusting might help). It means that you take whatever action you can and then leave the results in the hands of God.
Certainly prayer helps. Pray not from fear, however, but from confidence, knowing that sincere asking calls forth true answering. Know that God hears you and intends for the well-being you seek. Give thanks for the blessings in and around the situation and know that health, prosperity, and harmony are the will of God.
When faced with a challenge, try worrying less and knowing well-being more. You will help your friends more with peace than with fear.
What are you worrying about, for yourself or a loved one?
How might you be more helpful by trusting, relaxing, and knowing that well being abounds?
Say these affirmations:
I bless and help myself and my loved ones by remembering that God is present.
My richest contribution is peace.
Alan Cohen is the author of 17 popular inspirational books and is also a contributing writer for the New York Times best-selling series Chicken Soup for the Soul.