We worry. Almost constantly.
It took me a while to see this in myself, but I found that a good place to start on the path to inner peace is to acknowledge its lack. The fact is that life can often seem like an endless series of concerns. Debt, illness, disappointments, unfulfilled desires, etc. all occupy our minds for the better part of our days. When I was reading some of the ‘positive thinking’ stuff I was repeatedly finding that those seemingly negative mind states would return.
What we worry about is where I want to focus. Like I said, there is an endless supply of things to stew over. Some of them are important, others trivial. The first step in learning serenity is seeing the different levels of concern. This will be personal for each of us so I cannot offer you a list. But seeing how our habit of worry can creep into areas that truly are minor can be quite liberating. A great place to start is to develop a light-hearted view of worry.
Years ago the Monty Python troupe captured this in song. I’ve never heard the futility of excessive worry expressed quite so well.
From Monty Python’s Contractual Obligation album. Take 3 minutes and enjoy! 🙂