“We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.”
– John Newton
Professional worrier. I’m one of those. Rarely do I let a problem, big or small, go by that I don’t worry it to death. One would think that having done the worry thing thousands of times that the lesson would be learned. Well, I’m slow to learn this lesson.
I am not alone in my dedication to worry. Worrying is all too common among introverts … especially those that are also highly sensitive. Due to our inherent temperament, we tend to analyze and process a problem from a myriad of different angles and outcomes. It seems that we just can’t stop overthinking. We literally aren’t satisfied until the mole hill has become the Andes Mountains.
Working diligently on a problem is not the same as being totally consumed by the problem. We must choose to maintain control and not allow our commitment to find the right decision totally control our very being.
It’s difficult for us to let go of something we’re worried about. It feels like we’ve left the house with the water running. It’s like a scab that we pick at until it bleeds. We must learn to recognize when our dedication becomes an obsession as evidenced by our seclusion (solitude) for an unhealthy amount of time. Even worse, it is not unusual at these times that we lose our rational perspective, creativity, discernment and sound judgment. Our thinking processes have become so clouded with so many different thoughts that it’s nearly impossible to make a suitable decision.
Clarity only comes when we make space for it. The purposeful act of letting go will make room for the right solution to become evident.
Let’s not lock ourselves away for days at a time. Let’s not shut out human interaction with our family and friends for days at a time. We need some social connection in our lives to function and maintain clear perspectives and purpose.
Worrying only depletes our energy and hinders our ability to think straight. Let’s not waste our gift of introversion and/or high sensitivity on worrying.
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