Elul 14, 5779
September 14, 2019
Like many traits, the trait of worry is problematic when taken to extremes. On the one hand, if one is constantly worrying, fretting about things in the future that may or may not come to be, that person will surely miss out on their life. They will never be fully present or content. On the other hand, if one acts with no concern for the future or the consequences of one’s actions, it can lead to disaster. Striking the right balance in each moment is what is required.
From our Sources
Worry and sorrow erode the heart …. All the good resulting from joy is reversed in the case of worry.
-The Ways of the Tzadikkim, “The Gate of Worry” (anonymous, 15
If worry comes to your heart, take it as a warning from God who loves you. Examine your deeds and take counsel with those who advise you. When you have fulfilled God’s will, trust God and your serenity will return.
-Cheshbon HaNefesh, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Satanov
What do you tend to worry about most?
Does the worry prod you toward useful action or does it get in the way of you experiencing your life in “real time?”
What might you do to allow your worry to ease?
It is often helpful to have someone to check in with to test whether or not your worries are founded. If this sounds like it might be meaningful for you, reach out to a trusted family member or friend, explain your situation and make a connection.