Why Worry So Much?

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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!”

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