Today I came across the above quote. Author is unknown based on what the search engines say.
It is obviously a paraphrase of what the Nazarene Teacher said two thousand years ago in his Sermon on the Mount oratory. “So do not worry about tomorrow: tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 The New Jerusalem Bible
Worry: in Old English and German dialect it means choke and strangle. We all have experienced a choking sensation at one time or the other. It is not a pleasant experience. Strangle is like having a rope or wire around your neck which gradually squeezes the life out of you.
This is what worry does to you emotionally. It chokes you into a fit of coughing. It squeezes the life out of you gradually from sunrise to sunset.
When I was growing up, the adults worried about a nuclear conflagration. To us children it did not seem to percolate. As we got older school was a worry—the teachers, grades, relationships, and the bullies who made life miserable for their victims.
We moved on to higher education and jobs. Wars and conflicts came, but we struggled on with our lives. Economic downturns brought a host of unwelcomed visitors—scarcity, unemployment, anxiety and worry.
Today, with the world economy and the constant threat of a terrorist act people are in the grip of a paralyzing fear that tomorrow may never come. Unfortunately, for many of our fellow travellers on the road of life this is so true.
Death and misery plague the lives of so many men, women and children on this planet traversing the cosmos. They have good reasons to worry and to fear.
When you are in the throes of uncertainty today, tomorrow looms like a gigantic shadow waiting to wrap its choking cloak about you. There does not seem to be a tomorrow of sunshine but one of lingering dark shadows for you and your family.
Many find solace in their faith tradition. Many find temporary comfort from their daily activities. A number seek professional assistance to cope with the harsh realities of life on this orb hanging in infinite space. Unfortunately, too many of our brothers and sisters cease their existence as they plunge into the ultimate solution to their agony.
What of you my reader? How is it with you today? Your family? Your friends?
How do you cope with your daily struggles? What solace have you found during your journey?
In the words of a young woman who said to me recently, “Reality doesn’t care if you like it or not.” Eva Palhegyi is correct in her assessment.
Reality may not care, but we should care for each man, woman and child who are our brothers and sisters. Let’s never forget that familiar bond which unites us on our journey.
Humans are fragile both physically and emotionally. Worry and anxiety robs the spirit of vitality. It weakens the physical as well.
We only have this day to live. Tomorrow will come with its sunshine or its shadows. It is how we prepare today which will determine our fate tomorrow.
Seeking solace for the daily worries and troubles is a necessity. Listed below are some links which may provide some solace or encouragement or a bit of laughter.
G. D. Williams © 2012
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
James A. Fowler’s Biblical View of Worry
ASDI Rssource on Anxiety and Worry
Don’t Worry, Be Happy: Bobby McFerrin