Be proactive instead of worried

I don't think I've ever heard anyone say it's good to worry. Most everyone would agree that allowing negative, fearful thoughts to act upon you, eat at you, distress you, is unhealthy. Worry assumes helplessness and mental passivity. It does nothing to improve things. Like an idling engine, it doesn't move anything forward.

The proverbial advice, "Don't worry," suggests that a person should either be indifferent to the problems at hand, or blindly trust that all will be well. Or that one should keep excessively busy during the daytime, and take sleeping pills at night, in order to keep from worrying. But I believe that these “alternatives” are actually co-conspirators with worry —reinforcing helplessness and mental passivity.

Invincible depression? I don't think so!
March 1, 2004

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