Sometimes we try to be the best versions of ourselves by adding things to our lives, what if all we needed to do was take one thing away…worry.
I am present.
I am not bound by a story that has already been written, nor am I held hostage by a future that is promised. I am here, breathing, in this moment, seeing these people and doing this work. I am not preoccupied with where I have to go next, the dread overtaking this moment because I am imagining the moments when I am not here. With my feet planted firmly on this soil I have a solid foundation from which to do, be and create. Without worry, I am preset.
I am kind.
I do not evaluate based on past wrongs or future fears. I am not beholden to debts or those who are in debt to me. My concern is the person, the individuals who are here, now. Not the ones on a screen in a distant place nor the distant places I have once been, just here, just now. Compassion comes much easier where there are no other factors besides the pain that is before you. There is no scale, no measure no judgement. Just a fellow human needing a moment of grace. I am not concerned with what I give being more than what I have, whether depleting resources or my fear of scarcity should hedge my decision. I just focus on the need, the moment and on the shared humanity of the person whose eyes I see. Without worry, I am kind.
I am focused.
I do not have a segmented mind that is being pulled and torn by the ghosts of the past, the sirens of tomorrow or the wooing of anywhere else. The idea of multitasking becomes a fools errand and the reward of my singular sight far outweighs the promised gains of a distracted existence. I can see clearly my family, my friends, my work and my life, each in detail I never knew existed or could be attained. Without worry, I am focused.
I am better.
I am a better dad. I am calm, loving, listening, playful, caring and present. I am a better husband. I am patient, attentive, loving, understanding, fun and passionate. I am a better friend. I am giving, hospitable, present and dependable. I am a better me. I take care of myself, eat well, laugh more, breathe deeper, create from a deeper place, explore the world around me, and live from my core. Without worry, I am better.
Who are you, without worry?
Can any one of you, by worrying, add a single hour to your life? -Mathew 6:27