To my old friend “worry”

To my old friend “Worry,”

We go way back don’t we?! How you have steadily visited me throughout my life. Sometimes at the most inconvenient times. At least I know you are consistent! I thank you for visiting me and bringing your many lessons. Especially, for reminding how much I care about what others think about me, what people do with their lives and whether I will be able to fix their problems. And that is just to name a few. You never cease to surprise me at how many things there are to worry about in life. I am sure your visits with me could go on forever. In fact, with all the worrying you have taught me to do, I might be good for another few lifetimes.

Alas, I write this letter to you to let you know that I have had my fill of worrying. I have changed my mind about you visiting so often. You see, I realized an important lesson about worrying. Worrying is contagious and spreads to not only to me but to others. Also, it leads to other visitors, such as anxiety, stress, sadness, guilt and anger. You are such an important emotion, you bring lots of other friends with you. This is a reflection of how successful you are at your job! Unfortunately, this leads to overcrowding my emotional house and overwhelming the more permanent guests in my life (they are called friends and family). And I am sure you understand that overcrowding is a problem and doesn’t creative the optimal living environment for a human. In fact, it was YOU who taught me to worry and watch out for that.

I explain this to you with so much love, knowing that you — most of all — will worry about me when we don’t talk as often. I am hoping that although we will be seeing each other much less, that you know I appreciate you. I am so very grateful for our visits, I have learned so much. But it is time for me to let you go, of worrying about what has happened, what is currently happening and even things that have never happened that could happen. Whew, that was a mouthful.

Also, I sincerely hope that you get a chance to relax and limit visiting so many people. You must be exhausted, especially, with President Trump around. It might be time for a vacation.

I wish you peace old friend.

Anne

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