Don’t be surprised if I do King Arthur lines for the next week or two. I just saw Camelot again and he is just chock full of wisdom.
King Arthur: “I am too young and too old. Too old not to be uncertain of the fears that may be phantom and too young not to be tormented by them.”
When I heard this I knew I would want to remember it. It reminds me a lot of the Marcus Aurelius quote; “I am an old man and have had many worries, most of which never came to pass.”
We are an anxious society with Xanex sales going through the roof. Anxiety comes from worrying about mostly phantom fears.
Are there things to be concerned about? Of course. Do those valid concerns number as many as we fear? Of course not.
The beginning of the Serenity prayer made famous by AA covers this subject well:
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.
Live. Let life come. Plan of course but know that you can deal with most things thrown your way when they get here and know that most phantom fears will never arrive
2014 Motto: Mindful in every moment and Grateful for every day