Photo by Eunice Sloan

While I was walking along the river, I noticed this sign. At first glance the expression "Don't Worry Be Happy" seems rather trite. However, in thinking about it a little more, there is wisdom to be had. Worry can in no way change the circumstances around you which are not in your control. So, worrying accomplishes nothing. Be Happy is not something you can conjure up. But, it is a result of being grateful for what you already have.

My own personal experience with this was a time when I received some bad medical information. I was very worried about the procedure and potential adverse outcome. The Dr. wisely pointed out that I could not determine or change the outcome of the surgery. Worrying would not change that, but I would deal with whatever the results turned out to be. He also suggested I take a look at what I have - family and grandchildren as an example, the things that bring joy to me. This might have been the best advice I've had from a family Dr. I was able to be at peace with what was ahead.

I hope this little sign I saw along the walking trail is encouraging to others during this season of distancing from one another. We still have our loved ones and many ways to communicate with them.

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