Amy Rees Anderson

The Best Antidote for Worry Is Work

“The best antidote I know for worry is work. The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more tired.  One of the greatest ironies of life is this:  He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.”       -Gordon B. Hinckley

I absolutely love that quote!  And it is so true. Nothing cures a sense of worry faster than just diving in and getting the work done.  As we work we make progress and as we make progress we start to feel that sense of empowerment – that feeling of “hey I might actually be able to handle this”.  Because the truth is that when we do dig right in we usually do find that in the end we were able to handle it.  In my experience we are always far more capable of handling things then we think we are.  And in my experience we finish up and look back and there is a huge sense of pride and accomplishment that we handled something we thought was much bigger than our ability.  You want to point and shout with joy “I did that!…me, the person who had no idea they were capable of doing that!…I actually did it and I found out I was much stronger than I thought!”

Overcoming challenges and climbing mountains that at one time seemed impossible to climb is one of the most exhilarating feelings in the world.  It helps build your confidence.  It strengthens your faith in yourself and in a higher power that helped you accomplish it.  It brings those proud moments in life when you can feel good about a job well done.

And I love the second half of the opening quote where it says that the person who serves always benefits more than who they are serving – also 100% true.  Whenever I take time to do something to help another person my own life improves tenfold.  I always feel happier and more at peace, and no question I feel that it benefited me far more than the person I was serving.  Serving others helps us become a better person and that is something that brings joy and peace into our life.

Today’s challenge is to do an act of service for at least one person tomorrow and then notice the joy it brings into our lives.

Have an amazing, worry-free day!

~Amy

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