Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Worrying About Worrying

Okay, I admit it. I'm a worrier.
I tell myself it's wrong to worry and that I should just have faith that things will work out as they're supposed to, but I worry anyway and then I worry more because I know I shouldn't worry.
But what if worrying isn't evil? What if it's part of having a creative mind that tends to think "what if..." in every situation? Most of my writer friends tell me they, too, tend to worry a lot.
And if people didn't ever worry they wouldn't take precautions. Imagine if everyone in Japan had simply decided not to worry about what the earthquake did to the nuclear power plant? What if the oil spill had been allowed to remain in the Gulf of Mexico and nobody had bothered to clean it up? What if nobody prepared their homes with smoke alarms, had disaster preparedness kits, or got medical check ups and immunizations?
In all those examples there's something practical to be done as a result of worrying and worrying about things we can't control is a total waste of time. But if our creative minds keep worrying we can find ways to use that negative imagination in positive ways. For example, how about using them as plot suggestions? And maybe some of us worriers will figure out practical ways to prevent possible future problems and make the world a better place.


Susan J. Berger said...

It's funny, but you may have a lot more readers than you have comments. I think creative worrying is a stimulus tool. But I gave up worrying about how to change other people. That's an exercise in futility.

Janet Ann Collins said...

Thanks, Susan.

Lots more people comment on my posts where they appear on Facebook than do here.