If so, then 'anxiety' is a gross misuse of imagination. What do you say?
Worry is also when spot light of imagination shines on a wrong object.
"Worry, hurry and curry make you sick." Do not know about curry. But, worry and hurry certainly cause sickness. Curry can be given benefit of doubt. I believe worry and hurry thin your stomach lining. Thin stomach lining can not take curry. So, it is not the fault of curry. That may be the reason why they say - 'it is not what you eat but what is eating you makes you sick.' What is eating us? Worry.
One way to deal with worry is to understand locus of control. If we become clear about what is within our control and what is not, it goes a long way in reducing worry. "If there is a solution, find it. If there is none, never mind it." Every worry has some aspects which are our under control. We can certainly work on those aspects and see what we can do to take care of them. Similarly, each worry may have some aspects that are not under our control, we should not worry about them and let them play out as they should.
"I have had many misfortunes in my life. Most of them never came true." - Mark Twain. I think Mark Twain was lucky. He probably did not worry too much about imaginary misfortunes. Many of us much better worrying about imaginary misfortunes. We are so good that we actually make such misfortunes happen to ourselves. The power of imagination is very strong. It is capable of making things happen. It cuts both side. If we think about positive things, we can also make them happen. "We can make ourselves miserable. Or we can learn something from every situation. Effort for both of these is the same. Choice is up to us."
"First do what is necessary. Then do what is possible. If you follow the first two, you will soon be doing what is impossible." - Saint Francis of Assisi.
"People worry about what they should be eating between Christmas and New Year. In fact, they should be worrying about what they eat between New Year and Christmas."
Worry less. Be happy.
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