When getting caught up in thinking too much what might happen I often end up “future tripping”. It’s then that “borrowing trouble” begins and I take a course of action that causes me harm. The injury comes first from not being aware enough to fully live life in the present. Second I harm my future by clouding my very existance with an obsession about outcome. Certainly planning ahead and having a view of what I want my possible future to be like is healthy then to do. But when I am fixated on it I become the walking dead in the present. Repetition of thinking “if I’d only thought ahead, I wouldn’t have this problem now” created my bad habit. Realization that problems are just a normal part of life and not caused by a flaw within changed how much worry and fretting I live with. It still happens, but less and less all the time. Living well in the present is my best insurance of a good future.
Worry is a misuse of imagination.