The harm that worry causes in our lives has been well documented by many writers, health professionals, and philosophers. Worry can weaken and sicken us, and turn our days into nightmares. At the very least, it prevents us from living fully and happily the only life that we will ever have. At it's worst, it is a killer.

Worrying over things that 'might' happen can waste large portions of one's life, considering that so often it is for nothing, and almost certainly does no good. Michel de Montaigne , way back in the 16 century got it right when he said,

"My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened."

A lot of our anxieties and fears have no sound basis. The rest, when examined for what they are, can usually be set aside. In the small percentage of cases where they cannot, they should not dominate our lives. If it's something we can do nothing about, let's spend our time thinking about the good and pleasant things in our lives, and move on in a peaceful and contented state of mind!

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