Don’t worry, be happy

Prince Albert Daily Herald - - OPINION -

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

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