Contemplating Seneca #58: Wasted Mental Effort

There have been many times that I have played the scenario out in my head. Stricken with anxiety, I mentally act out each step. How will it go down? How can I prevent the inevitable? When the trial has come and gone, it rarely was ever as bad as I imagined it. All the stress was for no reason. It was wasted mental effort that could have been put to better use.

We are not fortune tellers. We cannot predict the future. No good comes from imagining and then expecting the worse case scenarios to come true. What happens, happens. We can prepare daily to overcome any obstacles thrown our way. But to live them out before they occur is an exercise in futility.


  1. Bonnie says:

    I do the exact same thing and chastise myself for it after the issues resolves. All that anxiety for nothing.
    The best motto to tell yourself is;
    Nothing is ever as good or bad as first reported!


    1. Tony Fine says:

      That’s a great motto to remember. Thank you.


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