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July 24, 2012


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My aunt has a magnet on her refrigerator,
"Don't worry. I've got it. --God"
I've always wanted to embrace that idea.  I can't.  If worrying was an Olympic sport, I'd be a gold medalist.

My Great Granny Antoinette led the way for me.  I was her understudy, listening and watching her worry.  I thought it was a little funny.  For example, when she'd arrive at a party, she'd ask my Granny (her daughter and chauffeur), "When are we going home?"

Granny's response would always be, "What are you worried about?  The bricks leaving while you're gone?  Relax and enjoy yourself!" (Granny was a very happy-go-lucky lady!)

Enjoy yourself.
Don't worry.

These words are easy to say but hard to live by.  I can find something, anything to worry about, just give me a few minutes.  My husband claims that I thrive in worry and chaos.  Sometimes he says I worry just to worry.

I don't.  Okay.  I might.  If I worry, no one else has to!

Don't worry, I've got it!  --Chris


  1. Oh, no! Now you've got me worried that you are worried. What could you be worrying about? It's summer - go, forget your worries in a book! :)

    I do love the quote from the magnet. (Trying to find it on Pinterest to remember!)

  2. I am a big believer in the magnet.
    And if the bricks DO leave while you are gone...get some more or change to wood! Gotta love Granny!

  3. Chris - chill! Worrying will lead to ulcers, so step back and enjoy the moments you are living in now. :-)

  4. Yes, Chris, it's always easy to say "don't worry", but never easy to do. I always seem to give it to God to take care of, knowing he will in his time, but somehow I manage to take it back and then keep returning it to God on a daily basis. We all need to be more like your Granny! Don't worry, be happy and enjoy each day as it comes.

  5. It's funny about the things we worry about. Try taking your husband's advise, although, then you might worry about it. Great job

  6. I'm seated right there with you on the Worry Train Express! I often have to remind myself to just breathe and enjoy the moment. Stressing out doesn't change a thing, anyway! :)

  7. Perhaps you can change careers since you described yourself as a professional worrier. Ha! I have wrestled with worry many a time. Remembering what your Aunt's magnet says never fails to lead worry to surrender eventually.

  8. OMG Chris really???? You know what I always say...if worrying would change something than it's worth it! But most of the time to worry about something isn't going to change a think but give you ulcers! Breathe . . . Breathe. . . Breathe and then go and get a massage ;-)))