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Worry, as a separating emotion, serves to inform us that we are not trusting ourselves, others or life. Because of this lack of trust we try to keep a tight rein at all times.

Worry is also a true sign that we are living in the past or the future.

This is a strategy, often an unconscious one, that we employ to avoid taking responsibility for the present. When we worry about yesterday (or last week or last year) or tomorrow (or next week or next year), we can avoid focusing on today. Some of the “seed thoughts” that create worry might include:

“Life is not safe”, 

“It’s everyone for themselves” ,

“Only the lucky or the strong survive”.

By deciding to live in the past or the future, we miss out on what life is all about. As John Lennon wrote: “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.” The past and the future do not exist, except to worriers.

To worry or not to worry is a choice we are all free to make.

If we choose to live in the present, our worry load will lessen dramatically, as we always have the resources to cope with the present moment.