I saw this quote today, and immediately thought about how easy it is to dismiss worrying. Its easy to say, “there’s nothing you can do about it anyway”, or “whatever is going to happen is going to happen”. Its easy to say this because it is true.
We worry about things we can’t control, because we’re not in control, and we have no power over them. If we had any control over the things that worry us, we wouldn’t worry about them. We feel powerless. The decision or the outcome is not in our hands, and that is terrifying for someone who lives on power, control and order.
Even as we worry, deep down, we know our worrying is useless, but It doesn’t make it any easier to stop. It doesn’t make it any easier to relax. It is the lack of control drives it. There is going to be a outcome, and you have no control over it. Period.
So its easy to dismiss someone’s worrying, and they’ll continue to carry the umbrella, because in their minds, its going to rain, and there’s nothing they can do about it.