Do you ever think about this? What could happen. What if this or what if that. Just sitting around thinking about all the things that could happen. The real name for this is worrying. Yes, the time honored tradition of causing our selves distress. There is no benefit to this practice, that I know of. So, why do we humans do it so much? Because we think. The ability to think ahead, to plan. Worrying is the dark side of our ability to imagine.
My grandma is a foremost expert in this field. She Has been known to spend all day thinking about what could happen to her husband, kids, grandkids and great grandkids. Think about this, that’s four generations to occupy one mind. It seems to me that she could spend her time in a less tense sort of way. Over the years the habit has become her. She has told me that, when I was driving the big rigs, she was not able to sleep. Don’t worry, I don’t anymore. What could cause somebody to live like this and why would you. she has so far lived to be 80 and will probably live many more worry filled years.
My grandfather on the other hand worries about nothing. If he can fix it, he does. If he can’t, that’s the end of it. The wise man that he is has told me “worrying fixes nothing, it only makes you crazy”. Now, since he has been married to my grandmother for over 60 years, he is more than likely right.
Ok, now we will get to the point of this. Thinking about what could happen is not a waste of time as long as you use the ideas and knowledge to fix what could happen in a way that helps you or humanity, in a positive way. Using this time to figure out the best way to go about life, in my mind would not be wasting time. Productive worrying, we will call it.
The only way to make this time useful is to act on your thoughts. To simply worry does no one any good at all. The next time you start worrying about something, remember this. if you can fix it, fix it. if you can’t, find another way.