"Worry is a misuse of imagination." –Dan Zadra
Our imagination is a great and powerful force in our lives. We can use it to help plot the courses of our lives in either the best possible path, or throw us on the rocks of our own making. If we do not control that great force and bend it to our will, we are asking for trouble.
When our imagination is focused on the bad things, on the worst outcomes, on the least favourable things, it brings us concern that these things may come to pass. That is what worry is. Misuse of our imagination can bring great stress and great pain, without anything ever actually happening. It is totally self-inflicted and unnecessary.
Yes, there are times when we plan for the future that we have to look down the paths we hope do not come true. Looking, assessing and then leaving the dark place is the proper way to use our imagination. If, however, you become lost in that place, you will find only the worst things possible, and yet none of it has yet to happen.
Thus keeping ourselves from staying in the dark places, in the least desirable outcomes, is an important thing to remember. Yes, we need to evaluate the worst case possibilities, but we don’t have to presume they have already happened and exile ourselves to that place before it has even happened. We can and we must be strong and use our imagination properly.
It is your life, and worry is not necessary or particularly useful. But it is up to you to take control of your imagination and focus it on useful and pleasant things. What will you do today to change how you use your imagination?