Misery Is A Choice
Maria had spent most of her life worrying about things that never came to pass. She was always anxious about what the future held, always anticipating the worst-case scenario. Despite her best efforts, she was never able to shake off this sense of foreboding, and her worries only intensified with time.
As Maria grew older, her anxiety began to take a toll on her health. She suffered from chronic headaches, sleepless nights, and a general sense of unease that never went away. She tried everything she could think of to alleviate her anxiety - therapy, meditation, medication - but nothing seemed to work.
One day, as Maria was reading through her daily devotional, she came across a passage that spoke directly to her heart. It read, "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." (Matthew 6:34, NIV)
As Maria read these words, she felt a sense of peace wash over her. She realized that all the worrying she had been doing was pointless - that she had been wasting her life imagining problems that didn't really exist. She realized that she had been so focused on the future that she had forgotten to live in the present.
From that day on, Maria made a conscious effort to let go of her worries and focus on the here and now. She began to appreciate the simple pleasures in life - a warm cup of tea, a good book, a walk in the park. She started to see the beauty in the world around her, and to feel grateful for all the blessings in her life.
Slowly but surely, Maria's anxiety began to fade away. She realized that she didn't need to have all the answers, or to know what the future held. All she needed was to trust in God, and to take life one day at a time.
The lesson Maria learned was that worrying about the future only robs us of the joy of the present. When we learn to let go of our anxieties and trust in God, we free ourselves from the burden of fear, and open ourselves up to a world of peace and possibility.