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Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy. Leo F. Buscaglia

Why do we spend so much time worrying? I couldn’t sleep two nights ago worrying about an event I was hosting. What good did worrying about something I couldn’t change at that moment do?

It makes me wonder how event planners function. When their daily life is putting together someone else’s biggest moment the pressure must be immense. At some point we have to trust we’ve made the arrangements, delegated responsibilities, issued invites, and sent out directions. It is as they say out of our hands but often our mind still goes on churning about what if this happens, or that goes wrong.

Then the event happens and people show up, and everything doesn’t go as planned but we make adjustments. We laugh and enjoy ourselves, and everyone else enjoys themselves, and we wonder why were we so worried?

If we do this often enough we will worry less. We will relish the excitement and adrenalin that putting on an event gives us. We will develop camaraderie with those we chose to help us. We will build a network.

The more we put into life the more we get out of it. Standing on the sidelines thinking other people are having more fun is no way to live. When we get involved, take on responsibilities, and help other people achieve their goals we enjoy life more.

My husband keeps asking, how much does Toastmaster’s pay? It pays a lot, but not in spendable money. We get opportunities to grow and develop to be more than we were, to become the best we can be, to stretch ourselves. It pays in building a network of like-minded people. Our confidence grows with self-development and by helping others develop.

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow. Swedish Proverb

I was speaking to a lady at my Toastmaster’s group and her husband like mine thought the amount of time and energy spent on Toastmasters was too much. Sometimes, for short periods of time, it is, and it could continually be, but I will limit it to what is reasonable. We have to find balance; we don’t want to ruin our home life being too busy outside of it. We don’t want to cause our partners to worry that all of the excitement in our life happens without them.

Don’t worry, be happy can be good or bad. If we don’t worry and think things will take care of themselves we should have looked after – things won’t go well. Hope is not a plan. If we’ve done everything we can, and we are still worrying – we need to let go and trust it will unfold as it will, we’ve done what we could, and we’ll adjust.

Do we worry too much? Do we spend too much time worrying instead of living in the moment?

Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration, and resentment. Dale Carnegie

If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today. E. Joseph Cossman

When I look back on all these worries. I remember the story of an old man who said on his deathbed that he had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which never happened. Winston Churchill

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