NOTE: Following is the introduction to my new book, Why Do I Worry?, recently published by Abbey Press Publications. The book is part of a new series called "Focus on Faith," and other titles released include Letting Go of Envy, Moving Beyond Doubt, and Growing in Patience. Each 84-page, full-color book in the series focuses on a different aspect of our Christian faith, providing an insightful, inspiring, and attractive presentation of the topic at hand. Each book is designed to be a prayerful guide to empowering one’s faith—putting it to work in day-to-day circumstances, and is filled with short meditations, colorful photographs and illustrations, inspirational quotes, and reflection questions.To get a closer look, visit one of the links above, or visit Abbey Press' Path of Life Publications.
As real as our worries seem, we know, deep down, that worrying is pointless. It solves nothing, and often leads to potentially more serious problems—like sleeplessness, irritability, lack of concentration, arguments, substance abuse, etc. A recent British study found that the average Briton spends one hour and 46 minutes each day worrying about such things as being out of shape, aging, and finances—amounting to five years and two months of solid worrying over the course of the average lifetime! What’s more, high percentages of those studied said their worrying (not what they were worried about) directly affected their health, job performance, and relationships.
Gerontologist Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D, a professor of human development at Cornell University who has researched and written extensively on aging issues, asked hundreds of senior citizens what they most regretted about their lives. He was surprised by the recurrent answer: “I wish I hadn’t spent so much of my life worrying.” He concludes: “Their advice on this issue is devastatingly simple and direct: Worry is an enormous waste of your precious and limited lifetime. They suggested training yourself to reduce or eliminate worrying as the single most positive step you can make toward greater happiness.”
Hopefully, this book will help you do that from the perspective of our Christian faith. Let us follow Jesus, the Light of the world (cf. John 8:12; 9:5), who says to us all: “Do not worry about your life” (Matthew 6:25; Luke 12:22). “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me” (John 14:1).
Br. Francis Wagner, O.S.B.Why Do I Worry?©2014 Abbey Press Publications