Don’t worry, be happy
I confess, I am a worrier. I play out scenarios in my head and make list after list. I try desperately to organize my life, but most of it is beyond my control. What will be, will be.
Apparently I am not alone in my fretting. A multitude of philosophers have offered wisdom on the subject of worry and happiness.
Long ago, Greek philosopher Epictetus said: “There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things that are beyond the power of your will.”
That reminded me of The Serenity Prayer made popular by 12-step recovery groups:
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.” Wikipedia suggests the Serenity Prayer was written by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuh about 1940. However statements by earlier philosophers show similar sentiments.
Epictetus wrote 2000 years ago: “Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens. Some things are up to us and some things are not up to us. Our opinions are up to us, and our impulses, desires, aversions — in short, whatever is our own doing. Our bodies are not up to us, nor are our possessions, our reputations, or our public offices, or, that is, whatever is not our own doing.”
The Bible states in Matthew 6:27. “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his lifespan?”
The modern sage might say, “Don’t Worry Be Happy.”
It has been said ,“worry is a futile thing. It’s somewhat like a rocking chair, although it keeps you occupied, it doesn’t get you anywhere.”
Recently the Prince Albert Seniors Advocacy Centre invited a pharmacist to discuss medication use, including over the counter drugs, with the seniors. The word “polypharmacy” as explained as meaning that many elderly people are taking 5 or more different prescription drugs at any given time. Reliable sources tell us that that use is higher in women than in men.
There are many underlying reasons for the increase of drug use among older women. Our society has misconceptions about getting older. Many people think getting older makes you forgetful and confused. This is not true. Younger people can also feel forgetful and confused. Age does not cause these problems.
Moreover, recent research findings indicate that older women’s problems are often not taken seriously and older women then to believe that their doctors are always right.
Women need to be better educated about their drug use because :
• Alcohol and drugs have a greater effect on older women
• Older women are given the most prescriptions for drugs
• Older women often take several different kinds of drugs
Older women are important members of our society. Most of them have coped with stressful and difficult times. Now that they are older, they deserve an easier life. Using alcohol and drugs safely can help them to have that easier life.
In order for drugs to be used safely, here are some simple tips;
• They must be prescribed correctly by the physician
• Prescriptions must be filled correctly