I read a quote that rocked my world yesterday. It was in an ebook I was proofing for an author. One chapter, named How to Quit Worrying and Start Living, referenced one of my all time favorite books by the same title.
The author quoted a review found on Amazon by Doc Sarvis that is brilliant. Here’s part of what he had to say:
…Consider this: Every single bit of advice in this book is based on the premise that you, the reader, are responsible for your own destiny, and must personally take action in your own life…not wait for the government or a pill or someone else to take care of it for you. Not once is anyone in this book characterized as a “victim” (although many come under great misfortune). If this book were to be written today, the fault for it’s subject’s problems would lie entirely with external forces, as would all of the remedies.
I find it interesting that the overall term used to describe the problem this book attempts to solve (“worry”), is one that we never hear these days. In today’s world, we say that someone is “stressed” to describe the same symptoms. Why? Because “worry” is something one does to one’s self, and “stress” comes from the outside. We no longer want to acknowledge responsibility for anything.
The reporter in me had to dig a little deeper so I went to dictionary.com to look up the meanings :
–verb (used without object)
|1.||to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret|
|8.||physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension: Worry over his job and his wife’s health put him under a great stress.|
|9.||a situation, occurrence, or factor causing this: The stress of being trapped in the elevator gave him a pounding headache|