Whatif

Events from the past few weeks have left me a little more than scattered. I’m attempting to deal with a lot of stress right now in my life and it hasn’t been easy. I’ve been focusing as best I can on the positive and live off of that energy. There are obviously a LOT of really great things happening in my life right now, but there’s also been a lot eating away at me too. I’ve been waking up in the mornings to go for my morning walk with Norah and after 3 blocks I finally start to loosen my jaw. It’s then I realize I’ve had my teeth clenched all night long. Not good.

Try as I might, I haven’t been able to overcome the worry. But as my sister tells me, worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere. Good advice.

For now, I’ll keep finding ways to think about other things and my mind off the worry. I remembered this recently and it has always allowed me to smile (if just a little) about all the things I’m worried about. This was always one of my favorites growing up. Oh my – what does that say about my mentality?:)

Last night, while I lay thinking here,
some Whatifs crawled inside my ear
and pranced and partied all night long
and sang their same old Whatif song:
Whatif I’m dumb in school?
Whatif they’ve closed the swimming pool?
Whatif I get beat up?
Whatif there’s poison in my cup?
Whatif I start to cry?
Whatif I get sick and die?
Whatif I flunk that test?
Whatif green hair grows on my chest?
Whatif nobody likes me?
Whatif a bolt of lightning strikes me?
Whatif I don’t grow taller?
Whatif my head starts getting smaller?
Whatif the fish won’t bite?
Whatif the wind tears up my kite?
Whatif they start a war?
Whatif my parents get divorced?
Whatif the bus is late?
Whatif my teeth don’t grow in straight?
Whatif I tear my pants?
Whatif I never learn to dance?
Everything seems well, and then
the nighttime Whatifs strike again!

Shel Silverstein

Happy Tuesday. Here’s a shot I got this weekend for a little color to the post. A little bit of serenity.


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LeolaK Not sure if you guys are near where the earthquake happenend in Colorado, but I hope you and your families are okay.

I feel ya on this!!! Nice advice from your sister. I’ve usually been a pretty good worry nut…been working on getting better at lessening that since it just works against you in some ways anyway…like keeping the positive thoughts and energy coming in (or something like that).

Andie Reid Ironic, that advice coming from your sister, no? :)

Scottie Payne Oh my two poor worrying children:)

Suzanne Barlow The Quote from your sister is magnificent! Worry steels from today and doesn’t give you anything for tomorrow.
You have many changes and adventures arriving. I’ll pray for you as you grow into each of them.
A bird can’t fly until it breaks the shell. A flower can’t bloom until it gets out of the seed.
Cheers to growing pains….they’ll get you to a new and glorious place.
Blessings,
Suzy

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