Not to have control over the senses is like sailing in a rudderless ship, bound to break to pieces on coming in contact with the very first rock. -Mahatma Gandhi
Many of us worry about things that are out of our control yet sometimes we are consumed with worrying so much that we can’t function properly or worse we become physically sick!

What can we do to overcome this obstacle?

Start by taking control and deciding when we will worry. *Create a “worry period.” Choose a set time and place for worrying. It should be the same every day (e.g. In the living room from 5:00 to 5:20 p.m.) and early enough that it won’t make you anxious right before bedtime. During your worry period, you’re allowed to worry about whatever’s on your mind. The rest of the day, however, is a worry-free zone.
Postpone your worry. If an anxious thought or worry comes into your head during the day, make a brief note of it on paper and postpone it to your worry period. Remind yourself that you’ll have time to think about it later, so there’s no need to worry about it right now. Save it for later and continue to go about your day.
Write down your worries during your “worry period” Go over your “worry list” during the worry period. Reflect on the worries you wrote down during the day. If the thoughts are still bothering you, allow yourself to worry about them, but only for the amount of time you’ve specified for your worry period. If the worries don’t seem important any more, cut your worry period short and enjoy the rest of your day.”

Hmm, this makes sense. Doesn’t it? No worrying for me except during my specified “worry period.”

Ok, I am going to give it a try and write down my worries on my “worry list and share with you some of my worries:

I never worried like I worry now that I have kids. I seem to be much more anxious!
Is this healthy? I have a 14 year old daughter that responds to every question with “that’s the way I roll.” Oh, oh…is she destined to get in trouble? Does anybody worry that their children will be permanently scarred by some traumatic incident? Maybe an accident or some violent action that my child witnesses.
I hear about an innocent child that was abused and it saddens me deeply…is this normal? If my child is going to a friends house, should I worry that some creep is lurking? Should I worry about my child’s future…in this world? Will my children have enough money for college? The economy….who is our next president going to be?

There you have it I shared some worries with you. Whew! Thank you for letting me rant and I will try to block out worry thoughts until my next worry period. Obviously it will take time and practice to get results. My rant is done and I have control!

Now if you never worry, ignore my rant!

Looking at this puts a twist on things——>