I was recently visiting with my grandfather. I love our talks: a retired professor of engineering, he always shares his perspective thoughtfully, and with humility and grace.
I asked him about how he deals with uncertainty and worry. At 95 years old, I figured he would have some words of wisdom to share. He told me this story:
Five years ago, he was sitting at the bar of one of his favorite local restaurants; a young man sat down next to him and seemed eager to chat. A bit bluntly, he started the conversation by stating that he was an atheist, and asking my grandfather how old he was.
My grandfather tends to take things in stride, so he simply told the young man his age.
The young man then asked: “Aren’t you afraid of dying?”
My grandfather replied: “No, I don’t worry about things I can’t control.”
Easier said than done, but I’ve seen him apply this in his daily life.
The system of Reiki offers precepts, or principles to live by. One of my favorite is:
Do not worry, fear is distraction.
It’s such a good reminder. After all, worry doesn’t do anything. If you can take action to help the situation, you’re doing something, you’re not just worrying about it. And if it’s out of your control, why worry about it, it’s distracting you from living your life.
I think this might be the secret to my grandfather’s longevity.
What’s one worry you can let go of today?