As a cancer survivor, it is easy to fall into worry. I am more likely to have a cancer recurrence than any other health issue. Having been through cancer treatment already, I know I don’t want to do that again. Ever. I also was not “sick” before treatment—I was diagnosed in the full bloom of health. My confidence in my body awareness is off-kilter now. What was that little twinge? Is this symptom something minor or another big deal? Small worries feed on each other and mushroom into larger ones. How am I ever going to be able to pay my bills? Is this the last summer I will ever experience? Will I get to see my daughter graduate from high school?
I have a few quotes that I use to help me come back to a calm place:
“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, it empties today of its strengths.” ~Corrie Ten Boom
“If it can be solved, there is no need to worry. If it can’t be solved, worry is of no use.” ~The Dalai Lama
“Don’t borrow trouble.” (well-known idiom)
“No one has ever found a new world by worrying about it.” ~Deepak Chopra