It is reported that the Aztecs worried every night about whether or not the sun would rise again the next morning. I’m sure that if it didn’t they would have found a way to work around it. But imagine all the unnecessary fear and stress they caused themselves, not to mention loss of sleep, worrying about something that might happen in the future but never did.
Worrying is not productive, doesn’t change anything, and causes unnecessary suffering and stress. Plus, when we worry about things that might happen in the future, we are missing the opportunity to appreciate all that is in front of us right now– loved ones, a beautiful day, the opportunity to make a difference. So the next time you are inclined to worry about something, stop and consider what you have to be grateful for in the present. Your time will be better spent, your stress will be less, and you’ll better relish today’s ‘sunshine’.