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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Are You a Worry Wart?

"Worry is a prayer for what we don't want" - Unknown

I'm guilty of this and have attracted answered worries just as I visualized the event or circumstances in my head happening. I spent last night worrying about things that have not happened, and probably never will happen, unless they turn into answered worries..... errr I mean prayers. My family used to call people that worried a lot "Worry Warts".

Merriam Webster definition; wor·ry·wart: noun \ˈwər-ē-ˌwrt, ˈwə-rē-\ : a person who is inclined to worry unduly

First Known Use of WORRYWART 1936
Related to WORRYWART
Related Words: defeatist, fatalist, pessimist
Near Antonyms: optimist, Pollyanna

Here's how I can change it.

  • Seeing it, recognizing it, and noticing I'm doing it is half the battle. YAY! I'm halfway there already in one thought!
  • Changing my thoughts, changes my outcome.
  • Visualize what I DO want to happen. Spend my time seeing the outcome in a positive light rather than a negative one. Instead of seeing myself freaked out about a situation, see myself at ease, going with the flow, laughing, eyes sparkling, radiating love and being the person I know I am spiritually.
  • Get up and do something else. I wasn't sleeping anyway, why waste the time awake doing something negative.
  • Take deep cleansing breaths. Each time I exhale, I release the worry and the negative thoughts.
  • Count. Yes, even counting can work to bypass the negative thought patterns worry causes.
  • Put the worry in a pink bubble and watch it float away. My BFF, Dylan, taught me this one. I can also visualize myself in the pink bubble and watch my negative thoughts bounce off the pink bubble and shatter into a zillion pieces.
I'm ready to be whole, healed and worry wart free in my life. I'm serious about changing my life, my thoughts, my outcomes, my sentences, my moments into living in the NOW. How about you? Pinky promise with me that we can do this together! Come on... gimme that little finger. There! Don't you feel better already?


  1. I live with three of the best when it comes to worry warts! Sometimes I get a giggle out of the things they find to worry about. I've been called Pollyanna... I guess that's a good thing. You're on the right track. Just CHOOSE to be positive. You can do it, Sis!

  2. I left a comment and then went to facebook where I found this status from a friend:

    I cheated on my fears, broke up with my doubts, got engaged to my faith, and soon I will be happily married to my Dreams!
    May God bless all your hopes and dreams as he has done mine. The journey begins with you.

  3. OMGoodness!! This is so cool. I may have to borrow it sometime as a reminder of who I am. It surprises me that I turned into a worrier, Lily. PTSD is not for the faint of heart... I've always been a Pollyanna. I used to hold my head up high and shout in the face of adversity, "I'll worry about it tomorrow!!" I'm finding her again, Lily. I really, truly am. I love you, Sis. xx

  4. I worry.
    It drives me round the bend, especially since I live with a man who worries about absolutely nothing. At all. Ever.

    Thank you for visiting... I'm glad you are paper/ribbon/journal junkie, and I'm particularly glad you are happy with that!!!

    Peace out

  5. Guilty...Thanks for sharing your remedy. Pinky swear. :-)

  6. Ack! I am a huge worrywart. I have been my whole entire life - I remember being afraid my mom was killed in a car wreck when I was FIVE because she was a couple minutes late. I think my brain is wired crazy.
    I often think it's a good thing I don't have kids to worry about or I would be in the loony bin! ;)

  7. So lovely to hear from you and visit your beautiful blog.
    I know just what you mean about worrying. We can drive our selves batty with it.
    I like what bashar says on youtube. "Face the worry and see what beliefs you hold to why you fear this and change your beliefs". I think it is the similar as what you've written.
    Hope you have an amazing day with no worries!
    Be your inner child!
    Loads of love!

  8. I understand the compulsion to worry! It's something I have to be intentional about and have a daily meditation practice to help me with. Great blog - very inspiring.

  9. Hi Lilly,
    Thanks for stopping by and deciding to follow my blog, it brought me here to your colorful world!

    this is a fabulous quote...
    "Worry is a prayer for what we don't want" - Unknown....and so true...I do believe we get more of what we focus on...Thoughts become things, choose good ones." Tut

    peace, love, light and gratitude...julie

  10. I think you can be a pollyanna and a worry wart at the same time. I'm not sure how that works but I feel like I'm both... the glass is more than half full but I worry about sooooo many things. Thanks for the good advice...oh, I love the butterfly illustration by the way! beautiful!

  11. You Always make me feel better... Pinky Promise... We will Heal together xox

  12. I got caught up on several of your posts, and then noticed the "George Clooney of the Dog World," and wondered if he doesn't look more like George Goebbels--who was also pretty cute, but maybe not in the same way.

  13. Yup, I'm an anxious soul too, but realise just how much it has held me back from truly following my heart and soul. I just love your strategies - inspired and soooo helpful. Thank you.
    Yes, definitely... pinky promise!
    Hugs Jo xxxx

    P.S. My new blog 'home' is now here; Would love you to visit!

  14. Such much to learn, and so many wonderful people to learn from!

    I'm a worrywart from way back, but I am trying to clean up my act :) Pinky swear!

    (here by way of Everyday Goddess, glad she linked to you!)

  15. Visiting via the Goddess. Great post!

    It reminds me of this verse:

    "The moving finger writes and having writ,
    Moves on: nor all thy piety or wit
    Shall lure it back to cancel half a line
    Nor all thy tears wash out a line of it."

  16. Yes, great post. I know the first thing I do when I catch myself worrying is be thankful that I caught myself doing it, so that I can change my attention!

  17. I've been called a worry wart a time or two...How funny that you wrote about this today of all days! Just tried telling my husband that I'm "getting better" about worrying. ;)


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