The Biggest Waste of Energy in Your Life

Among the host of negative emotions that drain our energy is one that you would do well to become aware of and drain out of your life. As I was listening to an audio recording of Earl Nightingale this morning, he reminded me that if we could see all our “problems” in their true light, we would not be blinded by them. That’s the biggest waste of energy in our lives, worry. 

A worry is a state of anxiety and uncertainty over actual or potential problems. The keys in that definition are “actual” or “potential.” Are you anxious or uncertain about something that already happened or something that you are afraid will happen. If it has not yet happened, why consider its possibility? If it has already happened, should you be worried about something you can do something about? No, because you can just go ahead and do what you can do about it. Should you be worried about something you can do nothing about? No, because there is nothing you can do about it anyway.

As per Earl Nightingale’s account, of all the things we worry about: 

  • 40% never happen.
  • 30% are over or in the past and nothing can be done about it anyway.
  • 12% are about our state of health (hypochondriacal).
  • 10% are just petty and needless worries.
  • 8% are legitimate concerns we can do something about.

A whopping 92% of all our worries are complete waste of energy. Of 10 thoughts or concerns we have, just about 1 is justifiable. How do you find out that 1 out of the 10? You assume the best always, and for the thing that really might be frightening, put them in perspective. How do you put things and situation in perspective?

You ask yourself the following questions in that order:

  • Is this something that should have my full attention? If yes, why?
  • Will this matter situation matter in a few hours, days, weeks, or years?
  • What can I do (if anything) to change this situation?
  • If I can’t do anything or I choose to do nothing, what are the consequences I have to face and am I okay with that?

Worrying makes everything look worse than it is. Put things in perspective. Face all the unpleasant or difficult situations that present themselves in your life with grace and serenity. Always believe that ultimately, things will workout to your advantage, and they will.

Race to Great Health

I started working a new project: Race to Great Health. It is a blog I created to help me build the habit of running. I love running as a way to exercise and stay in good health. Moreover, staying in great health and regularizing my weight is one of my goals for 2017.

Eventually, I will organize and host a 5K run in Anaheim. That will be fun. ūüôā

Head on to www.racetogreathealth.com to see what this is about.

When Was The Last Time?

When was the last time you stopped to notice the beauty of nature and “smell the roses.” Ok, some roses don’t smell that good but they all look very good. In¬†our current state of existence, most of us don’t even notice nature anymore. Even in non-urban areas, people have so many items they allow to be stressed by that they don’t give themselves timeouts to smell the roses.¬†when was the last time?

I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.
Emma Goldman

There is beauty in everything. They problem is that when we stay for too long in a place where the beauty becomes part of the decor, we become desensitized to beauty, at least in that setting. The beauty never leaves, but our awareness of the beauty is carried away by man-made things or situations.

This came to my awareness when I was once engaged in my morning routine and as I walked passed by a group of flowers, their beauty drew me in. Those flowers had always been there, part of the decor but I had never noticed them. For the rest of that week I made the decision to stop and admire those roses as they were on my walking trail. I did, and it was refreshing and rejuvenating.

When was the last time you literally stopped and smelled the roses?

Day 1 of 200 words per day for 10 days.