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worrying doesn't take away troublesIt has been brought to my attention that I am a worrier.  And I know that I’m not the only one, because I have conversations with my friends and family members, and they worry about the same stuff I worry about.

This got me thinking about the difference between stress and worry.  Some stress is important because it can be a motivation to take action.  Having a deadline can create stress, but it gets me working harder to complete whatever the project is.  And once it is done, I feel a sense of accomplishment and relief at having something done.

But too much stress can have the opposite effect. When I become so concerned with too many things, I feel overwhelmed, and becoming overwhelmed can cause a shut down in the organizational places in my brain.

We know that excessive stress is bad for the body. It weakens the immune system, can cause headaches, sleep problems, stomach irritation, and a bunch of other disorders.  Controlling stress is important, which also can make it hard.  Stress can just seem like a part of life. It comes with all the responsibilities that I can’t really just get rid of.  My family is important, my job is important, my service in church is important.  Controlling that stress seems just too hard.

Worry, however…. seems like something I might be able to control a little more realistically.

Worry is being distraught about things I may not be able to control. I can’t change the past. I can’t control how other people react to me. I can’t control or even predict what will happen in the future. I can’t control these things, but I get to be in charge of how I choose to react to them.

I think it is natural to have some concern over these things, but worry can interfere with the ability to move forward, to make good decisions.

President Gordon B. Hinckley shared these feelings on the funeral program for his wife, Marjorie Pay Hinckley

It isn’t as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out. Don’t worry. I say that to myself every morning. It will all work out. Put your trust in God, and move forward with faith and confidence in the future. The Lord will not forsake us. He will not forsake us. If we will put our trust in Him, if we will pray to Him, if we will live worthy of His blessings, He will hear our prayers.

After reading Pres. Hinckley’s feelings, I think that putting our trust in God is the best way to let go of worry.

Trust that God knows who you are and what you are going through.

Trust that God put you into this situation, and He knows you are strong enough to come through it. And if He knows that we can overcome the trials that are put in our path, we need to have enough faith in God and ourselves to take action, make a plan, get help from the people in our lives who love us.

Ernest Hemingway gave this advice.

Worrying never fixes anything

We can choose to let go of worry by taking action when we can and by letting go of the things we can’t change.  We can put our trust in God, and stay close to him through prayer, pleading to Him for guidance, and asking for His watchful care over people and situations that we can’t control.  If it’s important to us, it will be important to Him.

Choose today to let go of stress and worry. It can be done, with some hard work, a desire to feel better and with TRUST in God and ourselves, through His guidance.

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