This question I ask myself frequently. Frequently meaning once per heartbeat, sometimes more depending on what I’m doing. I don’t think I’m kidding.
So, when I read about it at the zenhabits blog, my response to myself was: “What a brilliant post.”
In the vernacular found only inside my head, that means that I think I need to print this out and put it somewhere where I can see it. It could alternatively mean that I want to have it tattooed on the back of my hands, but, that’s ridiculous because then I can’t save phone numbers and grocery lists there, anymore.
The blog post’s title The Worry That You’re Doing the Wrong Thing Right Now hooked me at the word “Worry” because I normally don’t. I’m not a “worrier”. You know who you are because everyone else usually knows, too. I’ve not met many worriers that don’t share their worries.
I’ll be honest, hearing another person’s worries annoys me. Not all the time, but it specifically does when that worry includes something I raised concerns about prior to their embarking upon whatever it is that is worrying them now, after disregarding the concern.
Why would you beg me to say “I told you so.” this way? I really don’t want to be that person. So, instead, that annoyance heard in my voice is the best I can do to not cave and be that person.
It turns out though that there are a few things I do worry about and when I do worry, I go big, so these are not momentary thoughts or preserved for times committed to rumination. They run as an infinite loop and if not for my finding a break point, like a solution or death, I have no doubt that into perpetuity they would go.
I do worry about knowing what the right thing is that I should be doing in that moment. This can result in my starting everything and finishing nothing. It can also result in my not doing anything at all if enough energy is given to the worry and paralysis sets in. That would have the potential to do interesting things to my self esteem if I believed in that concept. (That’s the subject of a different post.)
If you share this worry, check out this zenhabits blog. I can’t imagine any reason why you wouldn’t like what you read.