The Way We Worry
WORRY CAN BE A WASTE OF TIME. For instance, I’m confident you won’t find me on my deathbed wishing I’d spent more hours fretting about rising interest rates, the tone of an email or whether I’d overpruned the rose bushes. In instances like these, worry is simply unproductive. But, as health writer Jill Buchner reveals in our cover story, “Taming the ‘What Ifs’” (page 40), strategies do exist for managing outsized concerns—and keeping them from ruining our sleep or morphing into an anxiety disorder. She also passes on insight into how our worries can help us solve problems and protect and motivate ourselves.
There are, after all, those times when worry seems perfectly reasonable. Reading Charles Wilkins’ “Our Inconvenient Truth” (page 88), I found myself wondering if we shouldn’t be more concerned about the rate at which Canadians are producing garbage (worldwide, we’re second only to Americans).
Waste management is a sophisticated industry. The methods of shunting trash from our homes continue to evolve, but they are barely keeping pace with our growing consumption. Indeed, our problem with refuse is really about how much stuff we’re buying. I’ve decided to make that my focus and contribute to solving the problem by cutting back on non-essential purchases. Hopefully that
will put my worry to good use.