Don't Worry Be Happy

Posted by : foongpc | Wednesday, July 9, 2008 | Published in

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Are you one of those people who always worry? Are you always asking yourself “What if…” questions?

What if I say something stupid?

What if people laugh at me?

What if my boss fires me?

What if I fail in my exams?

What if my husband leaves me for another woman?

What if the stock market crashes?

What if the petrol price continues to rise?

What if I can’t make ends meet?

What if the doctor finds out there is something wrong with me?

What if I run out of topics to post on my blog?

What if…..

Sounds familiar?

Let’s face it. Most of us worry. We are worried about so many things that if we were to list out all the things we worry about, we can fill up a whole book!

But have you ever ask yourself – is it necessary to worry? Why worry at all?

When we worry, we are not happy. Happiness and worry cannot exist side by side.

If you watched Kungfu Panda recently, you would most probably remember the character Grand Master Oogway mentioned this enlightening quote.

Yesterday is history.

Tomorrow is a mystery.

Today is a gift.

That’s why it’s called the present.

What does that tell you? Don’t worry about the past because it’s over and there’s nothing you can do about it. Don’t worry about the future because it has yet to happen and you don’t know what is in store. However, you can do something about the future. You have the power to change the future by focusing on doing the right things now. At this very moment. The present.

Instead of worrying about the future, the "What ifs", focus on the present. Live by the moment.

Have you ever ask yourself “What am I worried right this second?” You’ll be surprised. The answer is nothing. You are at peace now. You are only worried about things that might or might not happen in the future. Why waste your energy worrying about things that may not happen?

Live moment by moment. If you notice, most of us are always thinking about the past or the future. What happened yesterday or last week and what will happen tomorrow or next week. That is why we are always worried. We rarely think about the present.

If you practise being aware of the “Now” you will find yourself at peace and happy. Try it today. Spend some quiet time with yourself being completely aware of the present. Don’t you feel the calmness? It’s almost enlightening!

Now forget about the past and don't think of the future. Just sit back, enjoy this very moment with this song popularised by Bobby Mc Ferrin.

Don't Worry. Be Happy!




(10) Comments

  1. jam said...

    Everyone understand the theory behind. It just that talk is easier than do.

    July 9, 2008 at 3:05 PM
  2. Atniz said...

    Motivating.

    My favorite motivating movie is not "Kungfu Panda". I would say "Pursuit of Happiness". I don't know what Stephan Chow will be bringing in his new movie Dragon Ball.

    I agree with Jam...

    The most easiest thing to do in this world:
    Advise

    The most hardest thing to do in this world:
    Following that advise

    July 10, 2008 at 12:40 PM
  3. cc said...

    Knowing it is one thing, doing it, that's a whole new ball game. That being said, I do strive to overcome that. I do.

    July 11, 2008 at 11:44 AM
  4. foongpc said...

    Well, nobody says that stop worrying and be happy is the easiest thing to do. But if everytime we worry and we consciously remind ourselves that worrying about things that may not happen is a complete waste of energy, and to focus on finding ways to alleviate that worry at the present time, then we can achieve it.
    However, if there's nothing we can do to solve the problem at the present time, then the only option is to stop worrying and live by the moment. Tackle the problem as it comes. You will notice that most of the time, what we worry about never come true. And we are just making a big hoo ha and worry needlessly when we start thinking of the worst that can happen.
    Instead, think of the most positive outcomes and visualise it. Our thoughts attract things and events, so it works to our advantage to think positively. In fact, I would go so far as to say it's dangerous to worry because we are attracting the worst possible scenario and making it a reality.

    July 11, 2008 at 12:47 PM
  5. Bengbeng said...

    i got no words of wisdom :)

    only can share that i work on the big picture. only the big picture counts. for example if my kid fails this time in Chinese for example it doesnt mean he has failed to become a good boy. if i made a fool of myself once it doesnt mean the others have forgotten the good i have done thousands of other times.

    think of the big picture

    July 12, 2008 at 9:52 AM
  6. Toni said...

    Great Post! Now if I could just practice it!!! I have definitely gotten better at this over the years. Hopefully, I will continue to improve!

    Thanks for stopping by my place and commenting!

    July 14, 2008 at 1:10 AM
  7. Nessa said...

    Greeeeeeeeeeeat, you realize that song is stuck in my head now and i'm sure many others. Doooooooo do do do do do do do to dooooo Don't Worry, be happy now..dooooooooooooo do do do do do do do do to do

    July 14, 2008 at 1:20 AM
  8. foongpc said...

    bengbeng, think of the big picture and don't sweat the small stuff is good advice.

    toni, you will get better at it. Don't worry, just be happy! : )

    nessa, thanks for dropping by! It's a good thing that the song is stuck in your head, then every time you start to worry, let the song remind you to stop worrying and be happy! : )

    July 14, 2008 at 11:41 AM
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