Worrydom...Don't Go There
When I had cancer, I had lots of time and reasons why I could worry. There were lots of people who told me how much they were worried about me. I mean, who can blame everyone for worrying? Everything is new with cancer. It's the unknown that drives you crazy. Personally, I had to make a special effort to keep busy and try to limit just how much time I had to myself. I didn't want free time that would allow me to think too much. I told myself, and the people around me, "Worry is wasted energy."
At a time when there was so much going on in my life, I decided that I would rather spend my energy on something productive, like getting through all the cancer treatments.
Even now, during the "new normal" stage in my life, there are still plenty of opportunities to worry. There are still unknowns, especially with the potential of a cancer recurrence. But while the thought occurs to me from time to time, I have to keep it in check or risk wasting the life I have because I'm worrying about losing that life. I have to be diligent about applying my "Worry is wasted energy" mantra.
I wrote the following poem for a friend who could have earned an A+ for her ability to worry. Maybe it can help you too.
Worrydom is a kingdom
That nobody wants to reign.
It’s full of supposition
And its self-inflicted pain.
It’s a place you may visit
When you don’t know what to do.
But understand its dangers;
There’s nothing good for you.
Your burdens may seem many
And cause stress upon your mind.
But there’s light in the darkness
And light’s what you have to find.
Don’t think about tomorrow.
Focus solely on today.
An inner peace will fill you
And you’ll see a brighter way.
Your trip uphill may seem long
And feel hard to reach the top.
But when your burden’s lighter
You won’t really need to stop.
Worry can only hurt you;
To yourself you must be kind.
Look forward to your future;
Leave Worrydom far behind.
4/21/2017 06:25:42 am
Other energy wasters - guilt, regret, envy...wonderful poem that you wrote that can be relatable to any stressful situation...thank you for posting
4/23/2017 02:18:38 pm
Very nice Debb !!
7/22/2017 09:12:42 am
Your poem arrives in my life just in time. One day at the time. Thank for sharing this with us. We are lucky to rely on your words xxx
7/22/2017 01:52:11 pm
Thank you for taking the time to comment. I'm glad to hear that the poem helped you.
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