What Worry Really Means

07 August 2016 Written by 

“The truth is, worry is a mask for our fear of being “present” in our present.” ~ Dr. Shefali Tsabary

What is behind my need to “worry”? It’s a trail that ultimately leads me back to the root problem of a lack of trust. Fundamentally, worrying means that I can’t accept that life is happening just as it should – that I don’t need to be in charge of the circumstances of my life. I have forgotten that “there is a God and it’s not me.”

If I believe that there is Higher Power who is in charge, then it’s up to me to let that Power be in charge. Any worry on my part is a way of saying, “I don’t think that my Higher Power is really in charge. I better take over the reins for a little bit.” And that means that I don’t’ trust my Higher Power.

Worry is a lack of acceptance on my part. It is also a drain on my energy and a waste of my time. Worry makes my physically, emotionally and mentally ill. It undermines my faith and trust in a Higher Power. Worry has no effect on the outcome of any circumstance in my life.

Worry is fear-based. Acceptance is trust-based.

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Amy T.

Raised on a dairy farm in upstate NY, I learned to work hard along with my five siblings. I grew up in a very conservative Mennonite-Amish church which shaped a lot of my fundamental core values and beliefs. After moving to Florida to attend college, I married and became mother to five children. Eventually, my unmanageable life came to a crashing halt and I found my way into an Al-Anon recovery program. Recovery has affected every area of my life and I love sharing the things I am learning with others so that they might also find hope for their own recovery.
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