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Don’t Worry | Be Happy

Do you get all fired up? Are you stressed out beyond belief? Ok maybe not beyond belief, but do you find yourself getting stressed easily.

Many times in life this happens because we allow ourselves to worry about every little thing. One of my favorite songs in Don’t Worry, Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin.

He got it right with the message inside the song.

In every life, we have some trouble. But when you worry you make it double. Don’t worry, be happy!

Ain’t got no cash, ain’t got no style. Ain’t got no gal to make you smile. Don’t worry, be happy!

So many of us worry about whether we have money or style.

We worry about how we look online to the point that we sometimes even build a false positive perception. That’s crazy if you stop and think about it.

I know you have seen those profiles. Everything is amazing when you know it isn’t.

Why do we do this? Why do we worry about likes, shares, comments? Why do we care about what others think about us, our clothes, our cars, our cash?

It honestly isn’t important at all. As a matter of fact, we shouldn’t worry about anything. We all should embrace our inner Bobby McFerin.

Why? Because worry is illogical, it’s irrational, it’s unreasonable. So many times we humans sweat the small stuff.

Think about the last five things you’ve worried about. Were they temporary?

Most times the answer to that question is an emphatic yes.

So why waste energy on worry when there are so many other things we can do with our time?

I think back to when I was a kid, I had no worries. If I wanted to go somewhere I would ask my dad for a ride and 20 bucks. I didn’t worry about if there were 20 bucks. Or where my dad would get the 20 bucks from.

I just asked. Because that 20 bucks was my father’s worry.

How many of us today are worrying about things that are our father’s worry and not our own.

Things tend to work out in the end.

The only thing worrying does is wreck your week. Wreck your day! Wreck, your month. Heck, it can wreck your life if you don’t get it under control.

When we worry, we’re focused on a scarcity mindset. A victim mentality. When you feel yourself worrying, it should be the warning light in your brain to change gears or change directions.

It should be a warning for us to stop and pay attention to all the good things in life. To focus on mindset routed in positive intent. A victor mentality.

When I was in my late 20’s I was working several jobs and living paycheck to paycheck. Things were tight. I mean tight.

The white minivan that was our mode of transportation decided one day to give up the ghost. The transmission was torched, gone, finito.

We had it towed to the shop to see what could be done and they came back and told us it would be 2,000 dollars to fix it. At that point in my life, the number could have been 2 million. Either way, I couldn’t pay that. 

What were we going to do? How would I get to work? How would I get the kids to the Drs, to school? How would my wife get the groceries or run her errands? It’s exhausting just thinking about it.

At the same time, I was working on getting a business off the ground. It was called Graphics4Worship and it was a media company that sold photos, motion graphics, and videos to churches to help impact their worship services.

Until this point, it hadn’t been a huge success. You see It was still in its infancy and like many startup companies, revenue was a resource that some days were hard to find.

However, a day after our transmission went out, I received an email from a company wanting to order some CDs of content. Yes, I said CDs.

Once I totaled up the number of CDs they wanted and created an invoice, the amount came to 2,400. Dollars.

Wow! Why was I worrying? Why did I stress about something that was out of my control?

All the exhausting thoughts from moments ago vanished into thin air. They were temporary. You see one thing I know, is that it’s going to be alright. Things will work out in the end.

So as you navigate life, remember, worry will wreck your week but positive intent and a victor mentality will get you through.

Remember, In every life, we have some trouble. But when you worry you make it double.

Don’t worry, be happy!

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