“That the birds of worry and care fly over your head, this you cannot change, but that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent.”
– Chinese Proverb
Have you ever used the term, “No worries” to minimize an issue when someone apologizes or asks your pardon for some small, innocent, breach of conduct or etiquette? The term has become a casual, kind, but useful, euphemism that covers a lot of territory to say more by say- ing less. On a more serious note, worry is a topic which affects us all; it is a toxic energy that attaches itself to fear manifesting in one of its most convincing disguises. With awareness, saying “No worries” can help us defuse fear by consciously using the term as a mindfulness practice: The more often I say, “No worries” to other people the more I realize what a great affirmation, or mantra, it is for myself.
Just allow the words no worries to wash over you; hear them as a statement of fact–a truth to claim as your own; it’s another way of declaring, “I choose NOT to invest my precious time and energy in something over which I have no control.”
Think about it; when you are consumed with worry, where is your mind? You have projected it into the future where you have not even a modicum of control. The only thing you have any real control over is perhaps your next breath and the thought attached to it in the present moment; make that thought a healthy and productive one. In other words, the best way to affect your tomorrow in a positive manner is to be extremely aware of what you are putting in your mind today, understanding that fear is never the answer. This is not meant to trivialize the issues that may be going on in our lives or the world around us which are intensely compelling and certainly worthy of our concern; it’s merely a reality check. Worrying about anything over which we have no control is a poor use of the limited and precious time allotted to us on this planet because it doesn’t change anything except our blood pressure.
The next time the worry habit rises and wraps itself around you, casting you into the future, stop for a moment and take a deep breath. Then ask yourself, “Is this something I have control over or the ability to change in this moment?” If the guidance you receive is “Yes,” then drop the worry and take up whatev- er action you must to alleviate the fear; do what needs to be done. Conversely, if the answer is a resounding “No,” then take a deep breath and let the issue go. Embrace “what is” in the moment; refuse to allow worry to have its way with you. In either case, you will be actualizing the mantra that can set you free to be fully present and at peace with yourself in that moment.
“No worries”–it’s more than an affirmation–it’s a way of life.
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