Do you remember a catchy little song from the ’80’s that went, “Don’t worry, be happy” for about 10 minutes straight? It would get stuck in my mind and become an unintentional mental mantra. In some ways, it also became a spiritual meditation for me when things were going crazy at work.
It’s actually not a bad mantra in an age when we’ve learned that chronic worry is detrimental to our health. Chronic worry can reduce the quality of our lives. Worry can wear us down and deplete us. Worry can interfere with our ability to live our lives with joy and appreciation for the goodness and beauty that can be found in each day…if we open our hearts and minds and look for it.
The peace activist, Thích Nhất Hạnh says, “Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.” We long for peace in our world, peace in our country, peace among politicians, peace among neighbors, peace in our families. But true peace, begins in our own hearts. Peace grows out of a sense of satisfaction with what and who we are. If even a rock can find peace and contentment in just being, why can’t we?
Jesus says, “Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?” (Matthew 6:25,27.
So, when it’s finally time to climb into bed at the end of the day, give yourself a break! You did the best you could, or maybe you didn’t, doesn’t matter. Tomorrow’s another day. Put yourself in God’s hands and don’t worry…..be happy.