Librarians, in my experience, excel at hand-wringing more than anyone else on earth. Change averse, allergic to risk, and elite worriers, they move–at least at my library–through their day in a high-strung state that is equal parts stress and even-more-stress.
We do good stuff, but it’s not life and death.
I’ve been trying something new. Whenever someone tells me what they’re worried about, I ask them what the worst case scenario would be.
It’s never that bad.
In my own life, when I get stressed out about something and I ask myself what the worst case scenario would be, it’s rarely that bad.
Most of the things I worry about aren’t, in the end, worth the effort of worrying about them. They aren’t worth the toll they take.
I treat them like the fate of the universe rests on their outcome, when in fact they are usually mere annoyances or headaches. When in fact only my universe rests on their outcomes. And even then, when the worst happens and my worries are validated, it’s rarely that bad.
It doesn’t mean the worries aren’t real and sometimes the worst case scenario is truly horrible. But I’m trying to do better at recognizing when my feelings are not consistent with reality.
Think about something that’s bothering you. Is the worst case scenario that bad? If not, is there a way to do yourself a favor and let it go?
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