I've never really been an "in the moment" kind of person. In fact, my mother used to call me Vanessa (Huxtable, "The Cosby Show"). I was an adult, before I realized what she meant. Like Vanessa, I was a worrier and contemplator. Every decision warranted weighing all options and preparing for all outcomes, even hypothetical ones.
As I matured and assumed more responsibility, my Vanessa-like tendencies got worse, before they got better. With more responsibility came more decisions. Eventually through life's experiences came the blunt realization that, no matter how tangible things here on Earth are, we are not in control.
To keep it all in balance...
Accepting God's daily portion of grace and meditating on scriptures that reaffirm His promises. I've listed a few of my favorites.
- Psalms 23:4
- Psalms 55:22
- Proverbs 3:5-6
- Matthew 6:25-34
- Matthew 11:28-30
- Philippians 4:6-7
Obsessing, worrying and over-analyzing. These behaviors generate fear and are counterproductive.