“Worry is like a rocking chair; it gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere” (Evan Esar). Esar was an American humorist who understood the folly of worry. Worry robs a person of the joys of life. It is a stream of fear that floods the mind. Worry is a strain on the mind but also can do damage to the physical body.

Dr. Charles Mayo was an American medical practitioner. He was one of the founders of the highly respected Mayo Clinic. Dr. Mayo described the effects of worry on the body. “Worry affects circulation, the heart and the glands, the whole nervous system, and profoundly affects the heart. I have never known a man who died from overwork, but many died from doubt.”

Get out of the rocking chair of worry today. Be good to your body. Choose thoughts about a great hope and future for your life. Go ahead and enjoy the benefits of a life that is free from worry!

© Barbara Wentroble