I got to thinking about 'worry' this morning. We all worry about a lot of things, and I think it's fair to say that most of our worries either never come to fruition or don't really matter in the first place. F. Scott Fitzgerald's name has been bandied about quite a bit lately (kudos to the Gatsby film I have not yet seen!) and my thoughts about worry led me to one of his less famous works, A Life In Letters.
Here's an excerpt of F. Scott's advice to his daughter:
Things to worry about:
Worry about courage
Worry about Cleanliness
Worry about efficiency
Worry about horsemanship
Worry about. . .
Things not to worry about:
Don't worry about popular opinion
Don't worry about dolls
Don't worry about the past
Don't worry about the future
Don't worry about growing up
Don't worry about anybody getting ahead of you
Don't worry about triumph
Don't worry about failure unless it comes through your own fault
Don't worry about mosquitoes
Don't worry about flies
Don't worry about insects in general
Don't worry about parents
Don't worry about boys
Don't worry about disappointments
Don't worry about pleasures
Don't worry about satisfactions
Things to think about:
What am I really aiming at?
How good am I really in comparison to my contemporaries in regard to:
(b) Do I really understand about people and am I able to get along with them?
(c) Am I trying to make my body a useful instrument or am I neglecting it?
The writing above really makes me take a step back and laugh at some of the ridiculous things I occasionally catch myself worrying about (e.g., that's too much sugar in my coffee, my breakfast didn't have enough lean protein, that run should have been 2 minutes faster, that hair cut didn't cost enough, how angry one of my sisters was with me in a dream, etc. -- you get the idea).
What's one of your frequent outlandish worries? how my voice sounds when played back to me
Do you disagree with any of the Worry about/Don't worry abouts that F. Scott listed? mosquitoes