Don’t worry, be happy
‘Are you upset little friend? Have you been lying awake worrying? Well, don’t worry…I’m here. The flood waters will recede, the famine will end, the sun will shine tomorrow, and I will always be here to take care of you.’ – Charlie Brown to Snoopy
Do you know how much time we waste in worrying about the wrong problems? Here’s a reliable estimate of the things people worry about:
Things that never happen: 40%
Things that are over and done that can never be changed by all the worry in the world: 30%
Needless worries about our health: 12%
Time spent worrying about unimportant issues: 10%
Real legitimate worries: 8%
Therefore, ninety-two per cent of the average person’s worries take up valuable time, cause painful stress, even mental anguish, and are absolutely unnecessary. And of the eight per cent real and legitimate worries, there are two kinds. There are the problems we can solve, and there are the problems that are beyond our ability to personally solve. Most of our real problems usually fall into the first group: the ones we can solve.
Do we have the time to solve these very few real problems? Yes! The average working person has at his or her disposal an enormous amount of free time. In fact, you’ll see this if you total the hours in a year and subtract the sleeping hours. If we sleep eight hours every night, we have about six thousand waking hours, of which about two thousand are spent at work. Now this leaves close to four thousand hours a year when a person is neither working nor sleeping. These are your discretionary hours with which you can do pretty much as you please.
A good starting point to effectively use this discretionary time is to focus on your purpose in life, your goals and your thinking skills. I want to recommend that you take just one hour a day, five days a week, and devote this hour to exercising your mind; your golden hour. My recommendation is an hour before the others are up in the morning. The mind’s clear, the home is quiet and, if you like, with a good cup of coffee, this is the time to get your mind going.
Stop procrastinating; you have more than enough time to design a better life for yourself.
‘If I had my life to live over, I would perhaps have more actual troubles but I’d have fewer imaginary ones.’ – Don Herold