Don’t Worry, Be Happy   Leave a comment

“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 than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them. If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith? So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’or ‘What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.” (Matthew 6:24-34)

I always wondered about this passage, and then this Sunday it dawned on me that, at least in this translation it is “worry” not “plan”. Definitely good advice. And I think it is good to differentiate between planning and worrying. Planning for tomorrow would include working, paying bills, planning meals, etc., so that we don’t find ourselves homeless, starving, and dressed in dirty rags. Worrying comes from fear. It can be a fine line. I used to be a worrier, but at some point realized that it isn’t worth it. So now I’m a part-time worrier. Haven’t managed to completely kick the worrying habit.

Since buying and moving into a new house worry has been much harder to keep at bay. I keep telling myself that there’s no need to worry, and then I feel better for a bit, but I haven’t been able to cut it off completely. The root is a fear of what people will think, which is really a horrible fear both for its ridiculousness and its pervasiveness. So what if we don’t have dining room chairs yet. So what if the sofa is super saggy and has stuffing coming out, and the living room curtain wire is attached by staples in one place where I couldn’t get a screw to go in the wall. For some reason I feel so much pressure to have the house look wonderful from Day 1, no matter how much I fight that pressure. I don’t believe that that is the case, and nor would I want to do everything at once and miss the fun of slow planning and anticipation. In generations past people didn’t generally have a perfectly decorated house when they first bought it, so why is there so much pressure for that today? I may be slower than some people because I refuse to leave a balance on a credit card and I don’t want to deal with the externalities of buying the cheapest, mass produced stuff so that I can have it all today. Instead, I would instead rather take time to develop a design, find quality stuff that brings good energy into my home and into the world, and enjoy my home for what it is now, today.

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Posted February 28, 2011 by mayakey in frugal living, home, musings, quotes

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