Worry is like a carousel and we need to get off! When we worry about something, thoughts go around in our minds in circles and they can keep us from taking positive actions.
Where I live, in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, I noticed the other day an amazing Victorian carousel in the Westfield Topanga Mall in Canoga Park. That carousel took me back because it was so tall. Look closely at the picture. It’s a 2-story carousel that I had never seen before. Hence, there is actually a stairway that leads to the upper deck.
According to details from the website historyofcarousels, “Carousels that we know today evolved from the jousting games of 12th century Europe and Asia.” Those games involved Knights of that time.
According to the site, “They would ride in a circle and throw glass balls filled with perfumed water between themselves – which required great skill and horsemanship. Those that would drop the ball and break it would smell of perfume and be ashamed of their lesser skills. This game was called “little battle” or “garosello”in Italian and “carosella” in Spanish from where we have today’s word “carousel.”
The game eventually was played by commoners and carousels started showing up at fairgrounds in Europe. Early make believe carousels had wooden horses for the children. By the mid-19th century, the platform carousel was developed. The first steam-powered carousel appeared around 1861.
When we worry about something, as I’ve stated, it’s as if our thoughts are going around in circles in our minds. Like a carousel, they just keep going around with no concrete direction. In the book “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living,” Dale Carnegie said that much of what we worry about never happens. Thus, we’re wasting time and emotional energy!
His solution was to write down, in detail, what we’re worried about. Then write down what you would do if the worst were to happen. Once you have that written down, Carnegie related, much of the worry goes away.
So, may I suggest that the only time our thoughts should go in circles is when we enjoy a carousel ride. And you won’t have to worry about dropping the perfumed water balls! That could give you your power back.
“Whenever I worry, I write down what I’m worried about, write down a plan to take care of the worst, and that helps me greatly!”
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