“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow. It only saps today of its joy.” – Leo Buscaglia
I love flying. Sort of. I love the airport, the anticipation, the people watching, the wondering where everyone is going and coming from. But I’m also extremely claustrophobic. And those airplanes are pretty freakin’ enclosed.
Last week, I took a fifty-minute flight home to Calgary, and almost the entire time, I was consumed by worry. It’s weird, but it seems the older I get, the worse my fear of being in airplanes gets. I had been looking forward to just relaxing and listening to music, but I couldn’t focus on anything but the fact that I was hurtling through the air at a crazy speed and that if anything happened, I would be trapped (I apologize to anyone reading this who has to fly today! Disregard my ramblings!).
At one point, however, during a bout of turbulence, I looked around at my fellow passengers. No one was alarmed. Most people were reading or sleeping. “I’ve created this panic myself,” I thought. I took a deep breath. “Be in the moment. The bigger picture is out of your control.” A feeling of peace finally overtook the worry.
After the busiest summer of my career, I hit a slump this month. While my head was down in the sand, consumed by project work, I had forgotten to make time for marketing. And so the work stopped coming. For a few days, I panicked. I allowed myself to be completely absorbed by worry, and life seemed to come to a standstill.
It’s astonishing just how easy it is to get caught up in worry, to let it take over. Once the initial wave of fear passed and I could think clearly again, I refocused my marketing efforts, sent some emails, caught up on my reading, and tried to make the most of the downtime: “Work smart in the moment. The bigger picture is out of your control.” And as soon as I let go of the worry, business was back on track.
What’s consuming you and preventing you from finding peace in the life you have right now? Can you let go of control?
Song of the Week: “The Nothing” – Freelance Whales