TRY TO NOT WORRY - Jesus's encouragement to not worry has been one of the most difficult teachings for me to follow most all my life.  I have spent countless hours worrying over the health and safety of loved ones.  I have spent many a restless night awake and consumed with worry over this problem or that. And these past 18 months of dealing with a world pandemic have only compounded the reasons to make most of us worry.  I wish I could share a magic formula to help all of us stop worrying.  But I can't.  But I will share what seems to help a bit.  During the night hours, I focus my mind upon a short, positive quotation or mantra, which I silently repeat over and over again.  In the daylight hours, as I am able, I consider the wildflowers, or the birds, or the butterflies.


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