Meditation on Irrational Thoughts Part 6

The idea that if something seems dangerous or fearsome, you must become terribly occupied with and upset about it.


This is so true for me.  I am constantly absorbed with my fears.  I am worried about my health, injuries, my job, the fact that I am single and childless, money, my future.

This is one reason why I am so annoyed with one of my co-workers.  He worries about everything, and he is very pessimistic.  I have to work hard to ignore him and not get sucked into it.

I think about this when I see people doing something daring.  Are they not worried about the risks?

I think his point is that we don’t have to allow our fears to overwhelm us.  For example, I used to be terrified of losing my job, because I was laid off six years ago.  But I deal with this by doing well at my current job, paying down debt, and saving money.  I also try to be realistic about my fears.  My co-worker is convinced that he is going to be fired for almost anything, even though the people I work with are reasonable.  I try to be realistic in terms of what could cause me to lose my job, and also try to build my skill set, to make myself more desirable to employers.






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