You Old Worry Wart!

I’ve never considered myself a “worry wart.” I always felt like I just analyzed the situation but didn’t worry about it. Then, I met my husband. My husband is so chill. He lets things roll off his back, he doesn’t agonize over what someone said in a conversation, he does his own thing, and he is happy.

I, on the other hand, would replay conversations from the past and dissect what happened. I would think about a conversation I was going to have in the future and play out different outcomes in my mind. I would analyze, aka worry, about past and future events and it kept me from being present.

Worrying is a waste of creative energy. I had a co-worker tell me that one day, and it really hit home. Think about what all you could do if you weren’t constantly worrying about the past or what is to come. My husband plans for the future, but he doesn’t put himself in constant turmoil worrying about the future. It has been a hard life lesson for me to learn how not to worry. Worry is a joy stealer. It keeps you from truly enjoying your life and will leave you paralyzed with fear.

Let’s all be brave and stay present. We can’t change the past, and we are not able to tell the future. Live your best life every day, strive to be your very best every day, focus on your present happiness.

The recipe this week is a great way to use up that bumper crop of yellow squash. We always seem to have squash in the refrigerator or someone is trying to give us squash during the summer. This is a different way to enjoy this wonderful summer veggie, and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:25-34

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