Why Worry?

“Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor.” – Rumi

I’ve spent a good amount of my time on Earth fretting.  A defense developed in childhood, worry was my talisman, my rabbit’s foot. I believed it kept me safe. The burden of that mindset eventually brought me to a place of despair.

I’ve heard it said that if you’re run by fear, you have a lack of love in your life. Could that be true? Believing that there is a loving Being who has my best interests at heart would certainly assuage the panic I lived with. I began shifting my focus to how my life would work if a God who delighted in me was in charge.

What if life happens just the way it’s supposed to?

What if everything appears exactly when we need it?

What if inside each problem is a lesson that is a gift to help us grow?

What if following our hearts is following God’s guidance?

What if letting go of our plans leaves God room to out dream us?

Instead of being comfortable with worry, I am learning to be comfortable with trust. When I’m in that state, everything works itself out, often miraculously so. I’m finding out that there is no need to orchestrate life. All is well. The evidence of that can be found in the blessings that surround us. There is a place for everything, and everything is in its place. 


I met my models Riley, and Nick on a walk with my dog.


My nephew’s puppy’s ears make him look ready to take flight.

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21 thoughts on “Why Worry?

  1. Amazing how this was meant for me today – really! The little girl looks like she could be Annies little sister – the kids & Jake the pup are adorable. Thanks for brightening my day!

  2. Sue ,this was an awesome example. Being who you are is where its at. By the way the hebrew meaning for the word “good” means that what ever the subject is (it was designed to be that way) No need to fret!!!!

  3. This is so true. It is not always the way I think I want it to be,but when I remember to “Let go, and Let God” everything does fall into place without my having to do anything except to believe that all will be well. Thanks for this beautiful reminder, Sue.

    Hugs, Judy

  4. Thanks so much for sharing this, Sue! Been facing a lot of fear & worry lately, and your wise words really did act like a healing balm. I’m so lucky to know you.


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