Living in fear of ‘what if?’

Article in The Times July 15 on helping children overcome their fears:

Shrink Rap: ‘People feel anxious when they focus on what is missing, what is wrong or what could go wrong in the future. We become anxious when we doubt our strength, resources and ability to deal with challenges.’

Supernanny: ‘To live in fear of ‘what if’ is an exhausting experience for everyone.’

Interesting exercise is to ask yourself at different times ‘Am I safe NOW? Am I happy Now?’. Try it sitting at the bridge table; waiting for a friend; eating breakfast. Any danger that occurs will happen in the Now – it’s the only place that anything happens! We don’t really know what will happen in the next hour, or the next day, or the next year. So why waste energy stressing over it?  How wonderful that we can ‘come to our senses’ and use them to come back into the present moment. And it’s free!!

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About Jill M Jacques

I grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and have spent most of my life here doing the usual things - marrying, having children and caring for an array of pets ranging from dogs to silkworms and chameleons. I first became interested in philosphy and its practical application in everyday life in my early 20s and spent many years as part of a group that pursued this goal. Drawing on this experience, I have been running "How to live in the Now" programmes for over 10 years. I wrote this book in response to requests from group members for something "simple and practical". I tend to see the funny side of life situations and enjoy writing humorous back pages as well as short stories and some poetry. Some of these have been published. Being here now is what really matters.
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