It’s no secret that I am a worrier. I wasn’t always but certainly am now. Most of my worries are conjured up possible happenings at the hands of my wild imagination and they never eventuate….thankfully! Most (not all) of my worries relate to the safety of my children and my family.
I looked up the word ‘worry’ and here are a few definitions I found:
- Give way to anxiety or unease; allow one’s mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles.
- A state of anxiety and uncertainty over actual or potential problems.
- To feel uneasy or concerned about something; be troubled.
- To feel or experience concern or anxiety.
There are two key words above that strike me. The first one is the word ‘potential‘. That possible potential happenings or outcomes is what gives root to my wild imagination and causes me to worry and become anxious. Therefore, to me, the quote above ‘Worry is a misuse of imagination‘ relates to those POTENTIAL happenings that our imaginations go crazy conjuring up and that most likely and hopefully will never eventuate.
The other key word is ‘dwell‘. This is when we are ‘worried’ about something we did or said or have to do and we dwell on it. In the case of something we did or said: perhaps our imagination blows it up to be a bigger problem than it really is, maybe we convince ourselves that we said something stupid or that someone thinks something of us that they actually don’t! In the case of an upcoming thing we have to do, perhaps we worry unnecessarily in advance and conjure up scenario’s that won’t ever eventuate. Again in this instance the quote ‘Worry is a misuse of imagination’ relates.
Worry definitely is a misuse of an imagination that could be put to far better use – like creativity and purpose – but it must be acknowledged that worrying is a hard thing to stop.
If you’re a worrier, here are some resources I’ve found on the web that may help (I haven’t read these in full myself yet):