Worry Is Forbidden

Worry is said to be at the bottom of many human difficulties. Even those who indulge this pernicious habit know that many of the things they complain about are ephemeral. Yet the human tendency to worry over a number of things that never happen is age-old, for, as the Psalmist wrote, "There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee."

Worry is often accepted under the name of sympathy, obligation, or solicitude. We maintain a sense of false responsibility about our home, our business connections, our church, or our country. However, the definition of this word as given in the dictionaries, when considered, makes us willing to discard worry. Therein are found these unpleasant terms: harass; make anxious; annoy; to be uneasy in mind; fret; a state of perplexing anxiety. No one welcomes these when expressed to him by another, but sometimes one glibly excuses them in himself as being unavoidable, or as arising from circumstances beyond his control.

The True Stimulus
February 5, 1938

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