Clutch magazine wise words“According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness. The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don’t bother you anymore. You become light-hearted and full of joy. The second symptom is that you encounter more and more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities. And this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous.” ― Deepak Chopra

If you’re like me, you think entirely too much.

Before I act or speak or write something, I think and think and think about it to death. And if it’s an important decision, my brainpower is totally committed to examining every single facet of the issue.

While this can serve me well in some instances, it can also completely hold me back in others.

This year, I’ve been writing a great deal about achieving your dreams. While I’ve been able to inspire and encourage others to go for their goals, when it comes to attaining my own aims, I can sometimes worry myself out even getting started.

Recently, I finally decided that next year my son and I will spend at least a month living in another country (or countries), a decision I’ve postponed because I’ve thought entirely too much about it. Instead of using my time to plan the trip, craft a budget, and create an itinerary, I’ve spent the majority of my time worrying about minor details. Instead of just getting there and figuring things out, I questioned everything from whether or not my son would eat certain foods to having Internet access on the go.

But here’s what I realized: Worrying about what might happen prevents me from experiencing what will happen.

And if you get caught up wringing your hands and second-guessing your decisions you will never be able to enjoy the sheer magnificence of what life has to offer.

Happy Monday, Clutchettes! 

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  • Patience

    It is easier to be a worrywart when things more often go wrong than they do right.

  • Wise words indeed. Worrying tends to be counter-productive. Tough habit to kick though.

  • DasaniFRESH

    I like this message because it is exactly what I needed to hear today. I’ve been stressing about a lot of things lately: school, a guy I recently met (who hasn’t bothered to call recently), and work. (Notice how my priorities are screwed up by placing those factors IN THAT ORDER! Lol! But nevertheless, it is time to let go of some of that stress. I’ve had plans to redecorate my apartment and create my own sketches and artwork. It’s just time I start living and stop wondering whether or not I will be successful at completing these things. Thank you for this =)

  • Most people don’t realize that not only does worrying NOT change anything but it also contributes to diseases and ailments of the body. W

  • This is a great article. I spent my WHOLE LIFE worrying about everything, and then i had twin boys, I started worrying more, but it had the reverse effect for once. I suddenly began worrying about their future, worrying about missing their childhood, so I quit my dream job at CHANEL to pursue my own dream career, ie, life. I cant sqy its easy, but I got sick of worrying about things I could change. I have gotten better, but that stinky worry still creeps in at times. This article is a reminder and a new commitment.
    Thanks for posting.