We’ve had lovely weather for the past few days, comfortably warm in the daytime and cool at night. It’s the kind of weather that makes it a joy to be outside. You’d think I’d be enjoying this break from Summer’s usual heat and humidity, and I am. Sort of. But the problem is, all the forecasts say this beautiful weather is going to be over far too soon. By the end of the week, we’re supposed to have temperatures in the high nineties, heat indexes over one-hundred degrees, and very high humidity levels. Which means that while I’m trying to enjoy the cool temperatures we’re experiencing now, I’m mostly dreading the horrible weather that’s coming.
I know that sounds silly, but it’s not just me. Everywhere I go, I hear people talking about the weather and they’re all saying the same thing. “Isn’t this great? But it’s not going to last. It’s supposed to be one hundred degrees by Thursday!” The logical thing to do when we have a lovely, Spring-like day in late June would be to simply enjoy it. But for some of us, that’s a hard thing to do.
These days, there seems to be many things that can cause us to worry and fret. In my more cynical moments, I almost believe that the real goal of the news media is to keep us in a constant state of outrage and fear. And that’s just what’s going on in the world around me. I always have a few personal worries as well, such as the mild but persistent pain in the right side of my face. I want to believe it’s nothing more than my usual jaw and sinus problems, but I also worry that I’ve got another bad tooth that’s going to need treatment.
I don’t know why it’s so hard to simply enjoy ourselves when something good comes along, and why it is so easy to worry about the bad things that we think might be coming our way. Being prepared is one thing, but endlessly worrying about something that may or may not even happen is nothing more than a waste of time and energy. And I don’t know of a single situation where worrying about something has made it easier to deal with when it actually happens. (Often, it’s the reverse. When I worry too much about upcoming dental work, I end up walking into the dentist’s office so tense and fearful that it’s all I can do not to run for the nearest exit.)
But this is not how I want to live my life. If I’m eating dinner with my family on a Sunday evening, I want to simply enjoy the experience rather than worrying about whether or not we’re going to have enough volunteers the next morning to get all the shelter dogs walked. When I feel pain somewhere, I want to just make an appointment to get it checked out, rather than fret about all the possible causes and what it will take to get it fixed. Even better, I’d like to remember to be thankful that I have access to medical and dental care at all.
I know the only thing I can truly predict about the future is that it will always bring me a few things that I’d much rather avoid. But that doesn’t mean I have to dwell on those things, worrying about what could happen or even what I know will happen. I want to learn to deal with tomorrow’s problems…..tomorrow. That way, I can actually enjoy and appreciate whatever good stuff is happening today.