Any Other “Worriers” Out There?

Any Other “Worriers” Out There?

Even though I know it’s futile to worry about things I can’t control and I know that God is masterfully steering our lives (and won’t give us anything we can’t handle), I can’t help but worry! My brain activity stubbornly reverts to: What if…[insert disaster]. What if…[insert failure].

I have to consciously take time throughout the day to relax and prayerfully refocus my mind and heart on what matters. It is so easy to get caught up in “sweating the small stuff.” One of the ways I do this is with “Minute Meditations” offered by St. Anthony Messenger Press. Each day, these daily spiritual meditations offer a pithy, inspirational point for reflection. You can get them on our website, on Twitter, and have them come to your inbox.

The meditation for this Tuesday really spoke to me:

Do we miss the “dancing” times because we are worrying about the “mourning” times that may or may not happen? Let’s not miss the dance because we are not paying attention to the present.

This reflection came from a recently published St. Anthony Messenger Press book, Good Words: Inspiration for Catholic Women.

Good Advice

My friend and fellow coworker Mary Curran-Hackett (one of the editors of the above book!) gave some great, pertinent advice recently:

“Life is precious. It is short. It is full of surprises. Live every single day with purpose, conviction, integrity, and courage. Don’t give into fear, and love everyone with all your heart, soul, and mind, because you truly, truly never know what will come tomorrow. Don’t sweat the small stuff, because when you’re busy sweating those things, you’re missing out on all that life has to offer today.”

(By the way, Mary is publishing a fiction book called Proof of Heaven with HarperCollins in August 2011. Find out more about it here!)

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About the Author

Lindsey Simmons is the publicity, social and digital media manager at Franciscan Media. An animal lover, she shares her home with her rescue cat and dog. She’s a member of St. Gertrude Parish in Madeira, OH, where she’s served on the Stewardship Committee and with the young adult group.
  • Carole

    Lindsey – I just finished listening to This Blessed Mess, an audiobook put out by St. Anthony Messenger Press, wherein the author, Patricia Livingston, describes how to maintain peace through the eruption of chaos. Chaos inevitably occurs, she says, despite our best efforts to maintain control, because it is the necessary forerunner of creation. Listening to her wisdom on this issue is already helping me to maintain mental peace. It’s in God’s hands. I recommend this audiobook!

    • Anonymous

       Excellent!Thank you, Carole! I look forward to checking it out! :)