I read an amazing quote the other day by Haddon W. Robinson. He said, “What worries you masters you.” I began to think about the things that I was letting worry me. I started asking myself if this statement was just a clever act of an adept wordsmith or if it actually carried some validity.
What are some of the things you have been worrying about over the past few days, weeks, months? For many of us, it has been the economy, jobs, and things related to that entire debacle that dominated 2009. If the above quote is valid, then what are you permitting to master you from last year, or even right now?
You may ask, “What difference does that make?” I would suggest it makes a significant difference in how you approach your today, which influences your future. Does the past have to be indicative of the future? Does your fear of possibilities, or worry, have to be most plausible and possible option? There are as many options available to us as there are ideas.
What does it look like to have a master? Those of us who aren’t from a feudal society or haven’t been exposed to the slave side of slavery don’t have much insight into the concept of having a master. The closest thing we have to understanding this relational dynamic would be a harsh supervisor. Even under these circumstances, there are labor laws in place which are meant to diminish the amount of power and authority that individual is able to exert over a subordinate.
To have a master is to have every task, moment and effort dictated by another individual. Your life is not your own and you must succumb to the needs, wants, and desires of that which is your master. If worry is truly your master, what you worry about can quickly become a self fulfilling prophecy. We tend to gravitate towards that on which we focus.
Being wise, acting diligently, and having concern about an issue that could potentially present problems is not the same thing as worry. That is just being responsible. Worry is very much a fear based sensation. We fear things and so we assume they have a high probability of occurring. No one can predict the future, so don’t give yourself an unnecessary, and unforgiving, master through worrying. Worry causes us to assume the role of victim. Being responsible shows wisdom.
Life has its own challenges. No need to make it more complicated that necessary. Worry doesn’t change much of anything, except our blood pressure. Take control of how you respond to your thoughts and what you tell yourself through the inner dialogue that we all have. If your inner voice is preaching doom and gloom, then give it a different script to read! Life is short. Don’t diminish its value by worrying.