Why Worry So Much?
Worry causes fear, anxiety, tension and stress. Worriers become sick because of all the problems that are eating into their vitals. Worry usually occurs when we find ourselves faced with a likely outcome we think will be detrimental to us. But how can we be so certain? Maybe some good comes out of it as well. So why despair and agonise over something that may actually turn out well, if not now, perhaps in the long term?
A king once accidentally lost his little finger in an accident. His close friend and minister, however, exclaimed that it was a fine thing that had happened. Shocked at his insensitive remark, the king dismissed him. Even then, the minister who’d just lost his job remarked that his expulsion could be for his good. This puzzled the king.
Some time later, the king lost his way during an excursion in a jungle and was captured by cannibals. They were planning to put him in the pot over the fire when they noticed he had a finger missing. An ‘incomplete’ human being was unacceptable to the gods, so they released him. The king realised that losing his finger earlier had, in fact, helped save his life.
“But tell me,” asked the king of the minister after returning to the palace and reinstating him, “what good came of your expulsion?” The minister replied, “If you had not expelled me, I would probably have accompanied you to the jungle and both of us would’ve been caught by the cannibals. You would have been back here safely today, but because my body is whole, I wouldn’t have!”