Fear and worry often stifle our happiness, our accomplishments, and even our livelihood. But these 7 truths help you understand why and how to let go of them.
1. Your fear is not your fault
Many people fear that they are the cause of their problems. They believe they had done something wrong in the past or that their life is out of control now because of who they are as a person.
But the truth is that unfortunate events happen to other people far more than to you. And more important you can’t predict what life will bring anyway.
2. You don’t have to live in the past, but you can learn from it
A country song says, “There are more things under heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” The point of this verse is that there is more to life than we may think.
The past impacts the present, but it is not the same as the present. Looking back at what happened in your life can help you understand how to do things differently next time. But dwelling in the past is like hanging on to a burned rope because it still has a few strands left. We can change, but we have to let go of our anger and resentment first.
3. You can’t change the past, but you can make a better future
As long as you are obsessing over what happened yesterday, today will never be as good as it could be. Look forward instead. Do something that moves you forward.
4. The present is all you have anyway
The present moment is the only place we actually exist, so why not enjoy it? Good or bad, the past is gone and the future hasn’t happened yet. You have only today.
5. The past is to be reviewed and the future is uncertain, but right now is the only time you have to live your life
Life is a journey, with frequent changes along the way. But the only thing that exists right now is where you are. So take advantage of every opportunity, no matter how small…or big. The best thing to do right now may…