A study done by Dr. Walter Calvert, funded by the National Science Foundation, revealed some startling statistics about human beings and worry. Here's what he found:
- 30% of our worries are about events in the past
- 40% of the things we worry about never happen
- 12% of our worries are unfounded health concerns
- 10% of our worries are over minor and trivial issues
- Only 8% of our worries are real, legitimate issues
What can we take from this study? Don't dwell on the past, it's over. Don't agonize over the future. Just live in the present, and focus all of your energy, talent, commitment and compassion on the moment. And know that wherever you are at any given moment in time, it is all part of a larger, universal plan.
As they say in The Lion King, "Hakuna Matata!"
(a Swahili phrase that literally means "There are no worries.")