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  • We spend a lot of our lives worrying but one of the basic things we almost never remember

  • to do is to go back and check how our worries fared against reality.

  • For example, one week, we might be worried about running out of money; the next of being

  • sued by a contractor at work; the third about having offended a friend, the fourth of being

  • brought down by a rumour on social media and the fifth about leaving out something key

  • from our tax returns.

  • The worries go on and on, shifting relentlessly from one target to another - ruining our precious

  • time on earth in the process.

  • What we seldom ever get around to doing - once the event is past - is pausing to compare

  • the scale of the worry with what actually happened in the end.

  • We are too taken up with the next topic of alarm ever to return for a composed audit.

  • Nevertheless, if we force ourselves to perform one, a strange realisation is likely to dawn

  • on us: our worries are nearly always completely - and deeply - out of line with reality.

  • Extended out across a year, a ‘worry auditis liable to yield similar conclusions.

  • We almost lost our minds to worry but we didn’t - in the end - run out of money, the conflictual

  • work situation found a sound resolution, our friend wasn’t offended and so on.

  • We might fairly say that only 1% of all the things we ever worry about seem to reach the

  • levels of awfulness we are solidly convinced - in anticipation - that they possess.

  • Mark Twain’s famous dictum comes to mind: ‘I have lived through many disasters; only

  • a few of which actually happened’.

  • We should - far more than we do - use the reams of data about the unreliability of our

  • fears as a guide to the future.

  • If we got it so wrong in the past, were highly likely to get it rather wrong now too.

  • Of course were convinced - yet again - that this is really and truly the end, but such

  • a certainty was with us on a great many other situations which we appear to have sailed

  • through well enough.

  • Perhaps the world is not - for all its dangers - as awful as we presume.

  • Perhaps most of the drama is ultimately unfolding in a place we need to explore and heal as

  • fast as we can: our minds.

We spend a lot of our lives worrying but one of the basic things we almost never remember

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