We know that our Creator granted us unique abilities to handle the things of this world. Unlike any other creature we can imagine future events, cultivate our own independent will, and reflect with a conscious. If we spend time honing these traits we can significantly reduce the amount of time we spend on this earth engulfed in worry. Jesus Christ teaches us on this matter, "And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?" Furthermore he emphasizes the amount of time we can waste in worry, "If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?" It is so easy for the excitement of this world to entangle us in its web. With so many things to consume in such a finite time we are overloaded with information. Cast into a sea of constant advertisement we lose sight of our own self and our own purpose.
What then are we left to do? We are told worrying is part of our 'survival' instincts. What a miserable instinct. Were we truly created as human stress generators? What is the purpose of this? We are born, we stress out for sixty, seventy, eighty years, and then we die? There is another way though. One that requires true self control, true independent will. What if instead of spending our life worrying about so many things we choose to take action on those things we directly control? Think about the financial example we just discussed. What if we spent over three hours each day taking action to eliminate our debt instead of wasting the same simply worrying about it?
Let us envision for a moment the small area in our life: our family, our friends, and our coworkers. In this small area of our life we have nearly complete control of our entire environment. Within this area we can take real action and affect real change. We can focus on our greatest fears and replace time spent overwhelmed in worry with time spent submerged in action. Imagine now spending hours studying and examining the problem, which encapsulates our fear. Worried about someone breaking into your home, become an expert in home burglary systems. Study everything there is to know about home theft, how often it happens, how many were convicted in your area in the past year, what are the most effective prevention systems on the market. Even go as far as learning how to install theft detraction systems and how to monitor the effectiveness your self. Get to know all of your neighbors. Share your thoughts, concerns, and edification with all. In the end, it is up to each and every one of us to harness control over our own unique self. No one else can do it for us. We and we alone have the ability to take control. Dare then to become an expert and take action.
Copyright © Robert Clinton Chedester 2012