It was Margaret Millar, the mystery and suspense writer who said: Don’t borrow trouble, the interest is too high.
Don’t borrow trouble!
Don’t borrow trouble. Now that’s something a dyed-in-the-wool ‘worrier’ like me continues to learn. When I stopped worrying about a lot of things, including the big one ‘what will people think of me?’, I felt I had come a long way. I am glad that the practice of gratitude has brought a lot of peace and acceptance of things. And I’ve begun to see that things happen for a reason.
I’m still working on this and last week I had another chance for a ‘lesson’ in it. I get upset with myself when I am not able to meet certain deadlines or do the things I’ve planned. Last week, I was upset when I wasn’t able to keep up reading blogs like I planned to. I had the time, I just didn’t have the energy! I began my usual self-analysis and beating myself up about being lazy.
That’s until I read this:
“We often wonder what to do about negativity or certain troubling emotions. In the spaciousness of meditation, you can view your thoughts and emotions with a totally unbiased attitude. When your attitude changes, then the whole atmosphere of your mind changes, even the very nature of your thoughts and emotions. When you become more agreeable, then they do; if you have no difficulty with them, they will have no difficulty with you either.”
– Sogyal Rinpoche, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying: The Spiritual Classic & International Bestseller
No point borrowing trouble, I told myself. I am not going to over-analyse myself. Instead I read more books, slept more and generally rested. I realized that the hectic activity of the few last weeks was catching up on me and all I needed was rest!
How often we forget that! And how much we need it!
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