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Week 50 – How to Make Worry Your New Best Friend


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I’m finishing up a mini vacation in London with Michael and this week I’ve chosen to edit an old blog that’s perfect for the holiday season. I’m calling it:

“How to Make Worry Your New Best Friend”



This morning I woke up worrying.

It didn’t start out that way.  I opened my eyes to bright sunlight and smiled as I felt the warmth of Michael next to me and the familiar weight of Poupon curled up on top of my feet.

My moment of bliss went to hell in a handbasket though, as soon as my mind joined the party and began to create a racket!

You only have 17 days left to shop for Christmas.

You still haven’t shipped the gifts in the pantry.

It’s too cold out to take them to the post office.

What if Michael freezes at the football game today?

How do those guys play ball in such cold anyway?

Don’t their hands go numb?

Speaking of hands, mine are hurting.

I think my arthritis is getting worse.

It’s probably my diet.

I need to drink more green juice.

And swear off dairy and wheat and everything white. Forever.

Oh, and I have to give up chocolate.

How the hell will I do that?   

Ok, ok, I said to my mind in a firm, parental tone.  Knock it off!

I rolled over, cuddled closer to Michael, and wiggled my toes to include Poupon in the love.

Then I closed my eyes and remembered…

“All worry is an invitation to return to the present moment.”  

It’s a signal.

A request for presence.

A reminder to come home to where sanity lives.  (Most days)

I took a slow, deep breath and repeated my favorite mantra:

My present moment is peaceful.

My present moment is perfect.

My present moment is all there is.

On those rare occasions when using this mantra doesn’t work, I just remind myself that I could die at any moment and none of these thoughts will matter anyway.

Morbid, I know.  But it works.

There’s nothing more important than being fully present and alive, right here, right now.

So remember, when your mind starts making you crazy during this busy season, do this:

Come home for the holidays .

This Week’s Video

In case you need a little humor to relieve your stress, check out this video on how to become “ultra spiritual.” You can watch it here. Thanks, Hollie!