Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Sweatin the Small Stuff

Welcome to "The Gods Are Bored!" This writer needs a sea change in attitude. Can we get a bored Goddess on that, please?

My problem: I sweat the small stuff. I worry about everything. If my computer isn't working just right, I worry about it. If it is working right, I worry that it's going to NOT work right soon. When daughter The Spare can't find her cell phone, I comb the house. If Beta the cat goes missing for a few hours, I comb the house. Worry, worry, worry!

Here's why this bothers me. It bothers me because right now I'm physically healthy, relatively young, my children are healthy, my spouse is healthy. Heck, even Decibel the Parrot is healthy! So what happens when I get sick? When I really have something to worry about?

Worried about getting more worried.

The worry gene runs in my family. It comes from my father's people. My daughter The Heir has it worse than me. (The Spare, favoring Mr. Johnson's family, doesn't worry enough.)

You know what I need? A ShamWow to soak up all the worry, every last drop! Have you seen the ShamWow infomercial? What a revolutionary device!

I would love to get all this worry under control before the day comes that I have something real to worry about and I find myself saying, "I can't believe I worried about where The Spare's cell phone was and how my computer was acting up."

Where's the Goddess Who Fights Anxiety? I would even take advice on this from the Flying Spaghetti Monster.


Sarita said...

Reminds me of a saying: "Don't sweat the petty stuff, and don't pet the sweaty stuff."

I can also tend to be a worrier, but I can't say I have advice for it. If any does happen to occur to me later today, I'll get back to you.

Pom said...

I sweat the small stuff but handle the big stuff pretty well. My father in law is fond of saying "don't sweat the small things - and they're all small things". I don't agree with him because even small things can lead to big consequences despite seeming small at the moment. Thank the gods that others don't have to sift through my mind sometimes!

Lisa said...

fear is a funny thing isnt it- it manages to infiltralte all our lives at some point.

no real astounding advice here i am afraid Anne, except my usual about staying in gratiude.

For my students i suggest a gratitude list of around 50 things a day for two weeks- helps with the change of perspective from fear/worry to calm/gratitude.

Lisa xx

sageweb said...

Just the other day I was talking about the degree of worries. SOme people worry about how they are going to pay their mortgage and others worry about when their wife is going to give them sex again. Such a big range of worry in this world..

myrope said...

I'm a worrier, too.
According to Leonie (goddessguidebook.com), you can give your fears to Kali, and let her destroy them.
That's fairly extreme, though : )

Mama Kelly said...

I am a big time worrier too. I'll take one of those ShamWows when you find one.

JaAnBe said...

I googled "goddess god worry" and found a triple moon goddess tiger's eye worry stone. Maybe you need one of those!

Terraluna said...

When life got tense, my mother would say, "When in worry, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout." (I probably ought to credit that - Ogden Nash, maybe, but I don't know.)

When I find myself worrying, I just have to imagine myself running in a circle, screaming and waving my hands, and the worry disappears. If it's a really BIG worry, and imagining doesn't work, I have to actually do it.

Lavanah said...

I was thinking "an egg." Its a wonderful receptacle for emotions that you want to contain. But I really like Terraluna's idea, too.

yellowdog granny said...

i used to worry about everything..then i got to a certain age and decided to only worry about things I could control..if I personally can't control it..then fuck it...it's out of my hands and all the worrying in the world isn't going to change it