Poetry

Why Worry – Poem

They say not to worry, they ask to be positive
But how is that possible, I ask
In a world full of tragedies, and fear
Where control and new scares are the norms

They say worry exhausts energy, draining
Worry accomplishes nothing, a waste of time
But I’ve known worry all my life
How do I forget about worry, I ask?

We worry about speculations, anxiety
We stress about the past, fear
We worry about loss, doubt
We worry about image, ego

You do not have to try stop worrying since that’ll worry you some more
But learn to worry less, by giving worry less attention
Focus on the one little step, then the next
After some time, you’ll wonder why you worried in the first place

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Can you do anything about the situation, no
Then why worry, I ask
Can you do anything about the situation, yes
Then why worry, I ask

ยฉ2020 Kevin Kinge All Rights Reserved
Photo by Allef Vinicius  on Unsplash

16 thoughts on “Why Worry – Poem

  1. Boy this is a great poem for me. So true your words. I have always been a little worry wart myself. Luckily with age I am getting better. Great poem. Love ๐Ÿ’• Joni

  2. Yes, if you can do something then just do that and if there is nothing to be done, then also do nothing, I guess. It is all in the doing and not in the worrying. Smiley face. Sending you love.

  3. From my own experience freedom from worry involves letting go. The impulse to worry comes from the deep seated sense that somehow if I make the wrong choice at a given situation I shall succumb to an awful fate. This implies that I have a choice. By letting go, and acknowledging therefore that I am not an actor in the circumstance before me, but rather a pawn to be moved by God, or the fates, or what have you, I eliminate (or at least control better) my predisposition to worry. As for your poem, I love how you clearly bear witness to the varied permutations of worrying and our reactions to that condition. You reference speculations, past, loss, and image. Each of these is either a percolation of our imagination, or the value we assign is a mental construct. The past is squarely of the mind. It exists nowhere else but there. Speculation about the future is squarely of the mind. It does not exist yet but there. We may lose something tangible, but the value we assign to that is a mental construct (except a market value is a collective mind construct). Finally, we may have an image of ourselves or of something else tangible, but again the value we assign to that is a mental construct. Worrying emerges from and inhabits the mind. That is why it is so powerful, and it is therefore in the realm of psychology (and ultimately, I would add, in spirituality) that we may learn over time how to restrain it from overpowering our will to action.

    1. Very well put, and true.

      By letting go, we allow for things to happen with less resistance, we become aligned to the natural flow of things, ‘happening’. And only by letting go can we gain, – only by emptying the cup can you fill it again.

      I like how you’ve referenced the imagination to worry and value assigned to the mental construct. Yes, we live in a world of states and our level of perception determine our experiences of the states. By being aware, present and informed helps in an upwards growth along the states such as worrying, faith, joy etc. Spirituality helps in giving meaning to this learning.

      Thank you, I appreciate.

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