On the way home from work most nights I listen to podcasts. Tonight’s selection was from New York Times Best Selling Author Andy Andrews and his podcast In The Loop. Recently during his podcasts Andy has been answering questions his fans have emailed in.
The particular question for this episode was, “What’s the hardest thing in your life and what do you worry about most?” I’ll admit that after I heard the question I didn’t “hear” much of the rest of the podcast. I was too busy trying to figure out how I would answer.
I skipped the “what’s the hardest thing in your life” and focused on “what do you worry about most”. I probably did that because I can tend to be a worrier. So for the better part of thirty minutes I thought long and hard about my worries and fears.
While that might sound depressing it was actually quite freeing. I realized that when I faced my worries and fears on my terms they didn’t seem so big. It’s when they sneak up on you that they can seem insurmountable.
I don’t think focusing on your worries all the time is healthy but setting some time aside every once in awhile to think about them could be a good thing. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
Now I need to go back and hear how Andy Andrews answered the question.
What’s the hardest thing in your life and what do you worry about most?
The verse I chose for this week is one I’ve heard hundreds of times. Maybe you have too… but this week I’m looking at it in a different context. That verse is Psalm 19:14 (NRSV) which says:
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be
acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”
Pretty much the only time I’ve heard this verse, or a variation of it, has been by a Pastor before preaching a sermon. It fits to say it there and makes sense.
But if you take that verse out of the Church service and apply it to life it also makes a great early morning prayer to say as you start your day!
Do you have a particular verse or prayer you say first thing every morning? If so, I’d love to hear what it is.
I recently ran across another quote that has occupied my thoughts. It’s from Andrew Carnegie. This is what he said:
“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hope.”
He was absolutely right! When I think back on many of the most happy times in my life there usually was a goal attached.
The goal of building this blog and growing it’s audience is making me really happy right now. I think about it a lot. I keep a list of things I’d like to write about. Commute times are spent listening to social media marketing podcasts learning new things that I’m always eager to try out here.
Are you happy? If not maybe it’s time to dream and discover your next goal.