Monday, November 1, 2010

What, Me Worry?

The funniest thing happened in church about a month ago. It was my daughter's birthday and the tradition is that the congregation sings Happy Birthday to the birthday person if their birthday falls on that exact Sunday. Well, I was really looking forward to this. It doesn't happen very often. I made sure she was in the church Sanctuary at just the right time. I even left the choir loft to go find her. So I am sure you can guess what happened. The pastor did not have the congregation sing. I was sitting in the choir loft wondering if I should somehow signal the pastor. Or maybe I could get my husband to remind the pastor. (My husband is the choir director at our church.) I was so busy trying to figure out how to make this happen that I could barely pay attention to the songs, prayers and sermon.

Does this ever happen to you? Do  you worry and worry and try to control things to get them to turn out exactly as you want? I do, much too often.

This is not a recipe for good mental health. I often tell people that we have to relinquish attachment to the outcome. This is a Buddhist philosophy, I believe. The idea is to do the best you can at your task and then let the rest go. I am not in charge of all that happens. This is both a relief and a disappointment, but in the long run, I think it's more of a relief. I can let go of the weight of always being in charge. What a good idea! I think we should all try it.

One thing I use to help me relax is meditation.  If you are new to this idea and would like to try a breath meditation, just click on my store and you can download an audio breath meditation for free. Let me know what you think.


  1. Angela,
    Perfect song! There is so much to life that we cannot control so why worry about it. :) Being happy is an important key to living a full, healthy life.

    Thanks for the happy song!
    Val :)

  2. Angela,
    Tell your daughter happy birthday. I agree with Val, we should quit worrying about things we have no control over.

    I am going to download the free gift. I will let you know what I think.


  3. Angela,

    Great has been running in my head all afternoon. There is no reason to fret over things that we can not control in life.

    Keep the good posts rolling!

    Jeff Jenson

  4. Thanks Angie! You are so right! It funny how worry creeps in. But we can see it coming and defeat the enemy in our minds before it takes root. Cheers! Enomfon
    PS:Happy b/day in arrears sweet girl. xx Enomfon xx