“Worrying is like a rocking chair, it keeps you going but gets you nowhere.”
I was thinking about this when I was worrying about something. I kept thinking, “what if this happens?” and “what if that happens?!” and then I said to myself, “You know, there are so many things that could
go wrong but don’t. All you have to do is put your trust in Hashem. Hashem loves you and only has the best things in mind for you. All you have to do is believe in Him.”
I had to keep thinking these thoughts and reminding myself that I am totally in Hashem’s hands. Hashem loves me and wants to keep me happy so why should I worry so much? And besides, it’s true that worrying
won’t accomplish anything productive at all!
All it does is make you nervous. And that wont really get you very far!!
So why do I worry so much? I think it’s because I need to strengthen my emunah in Hashem. Because if I really trusted that Hashem only wants to make me happy and only wants to do good for me, I wouldn’t
worry so much. In fact, I wouldn’t worry at all!! Now, it’s easy to say that I shouldn’t worry at all, but there are things on my mind and I do think about the things that could go wrong in my day, in my week
ahead and in the month that is coming along. But no! Hashem does not want us to spend our time worrying and thinking negative thoughts. He wants us to think positive and trust in Him. Thinking positive is very
productive because then you want to follow your thoughts.
It’s like this: If I wake up in the morning thinking, “Oh no! It’s raining outside! It’s going to be a horrible day…” then, yes, chances are that my day won’t turn out so nicely. But if I wake up that same
morning and say, “Modeh Ani! Thank you Hashem that I am alive and healthy! Hey! It’s raining outside! I’ll take an umbrella and I’ll be fine.” The rain didn’t go away but my attitude is what will make all
So next time you have thoughts that make you nervous, think about the rocking chair, it just moves back and forth, back and forth…but doesn’t get you anywhere! That’s what worrying is like, it keeps you
thinking those same, “what if” thoughts again and again but you end up in the same place, without moving at all. Instead, think positively and that will definitely get you somewhere!
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