Saturday, December 5, 2009

Me, Worry?

It's snowing here today. Light and steady, and we'll have a few inches on the ground by nightfall.

And of course, this worries me.

And so it begins, this most worrisome of seasons. And there's a lot to worry about. There's heating bills, and electricity's going up. Yep: 30% in January. (Thanks, PP&L.) There's the Christmas bills - no speeches today on how our materialistic society has defiled the holiday - just gonna keep the mouth shut and the Visa handy. Then there's the snow itself... Ugh! And which family member has to drive in it, and who do I have to worry about right now? And so on and so on.

Funny how differently children see December!

I suppose the argument is that worrying does provoke (some) people to act to improve various bad situations, and that's the reason why this state called worry exists in the first place.

But for myself (and I'm guessing a lot of other people) this normal response to threatening situations can go a little haywire. We can over-worry, and about things we really cannot help anyway, and it feels miserable!


Are you a worrier? Do you feel that, overall, worry has a positive or negative effect on your life? Does it prompt you to act at all, or is it just undirected, pointless fear?

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