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Crazy Thinking, 100 Things to Worry About

How Many Ways Does The Mind Go?

It looks as if there were a giant in the wood. Taken in the Ozark forest, April 2014. Intricate as the Mind.

It looks as if there were a giant in the wood. Taken in the Ozark forest, April 2014. Intricate as the Mind.

Things To Worry About

1). I worry about my adult kids safety.

2). I worry about the health of my pet Byrd.

3). I worry about the Obama Family.

4). I worry about my Grandchildren.

5). I worry about being employed.

6). I worry about having enough money.

7). I worry about things I write.

8). I worry if I have hurt someone's feelings.

9). I worry about Tibet.

10). I worry about Leonard Peltier.

11). I worry about Peadey.

12). I worry about wearing the right thing.

13). I worry about make-up or not.

14). I worry about leaving the coffee maker on.

15). I worry about the fluid levels in my car.

16). I worry if my bird pooped on me before I left the house, and I don't know it.

17). I worry if my breath stinks.

18). I worry about Homeland Security.

19). I worry about America

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20). I worry about Pakistan.

21). I worry about Haiti

22). I worry that Charles Manson will be paroled

23). I worry about the Big Earthquake we are expecting.

24). I worry why my auto insurance is so high.

25). I worry that I miss a notice of a public meeting on Pollution permits

"Why Worry?" Dire Straights

Eminem ft.Dr.Dree & Snoop Dogg - My Name is Guilty Conscience

Worry and Guilt

26). I feel guilty over how much water I use in the shower.

27). I feel guilty using the dishwasher.

28). I feel guilty using the dryer.

29). I feel guilty when I leave a light on overnight.

30). I feel guilty for pulling a stupid move in traffic.

31). I feel guilty for making errors.

32). I feel guilty for not being a better Mother.

33). I feel guilty for using my computer and thus electricity.

34). I feel guilty for killing mice and cockroaches.

35). I feel guilty for cussing other drivers during my commute.

36). I feel guilty for what my ancestors may have done to others.

37). I feel guilty when I don't instantly help someone the minute I feel that nudge.

38). I feel guilty for running a hot yellow light.

39). I feel horribly guilty for running a Red Light.

40). I feel guilty for not stopping for pedestrians.

41). I feel guilty for judging others harshly.

42). I feel guilty for not visiting my grand kids more often.

43). I feel guilty for not calling/e-mailing my Dad and Step Mom more often.

44). I feel guilty for not wanting to speak to my long-lost foster mom.

45). I feel guilty when I don't bring Peadey a toy home everyday..

46). I feel guilty for having enough, when so many around the world don't.

46). I feel guilty for unanswered letters.

47). I feel guilty for being a carnivore. (Although plants feel too)

48). I feel guilty for killing plants to live.

49). I feel guilty for stuff I don't even do!

50). I feel guilty for all of these things if you don't get a chuckle at least.


Anxiety is a Party Crasher. When stress, guilt and Worry are having a get together Anxiety is sure to always be there.

Anxiety can be the smallest niggling in the back of your mind. Or, it can be full blown, feeling like a heart attack, or complete shut-down.

Anxiety and stress make your "Fight or Flight" chemicals operate on overdrive, and when no action is precipitated by the Rush of Anxiety, fear or worry, the hormones and chemicals do a nose-dive and play funny tricks on our minds and bodies.

More research is finding that by taking deep and steady breaths, and not small shallow breathing, we clear our minds, lungs, boost the heart, and are able to deal better with our bodies reaction to whatever "stressors", worries or guilt are driving us mad.

Breathing Deep, from the Diaphragm has many benefits. Just think, when we are worried, or scared, if we aren't careful, we can find we haven't even Breathed for minutes at a time, over the course of hours, days or weeks. This is shutting down oxygen to the brain, and keeps us from making aggressive and necessary responses to those things.

Worried Thoughts - Driving Me Insane

51). We are really all in Hell.

52). We are really in Heaven.

53). This is the Truman Show.

54). The Earthquakes

55). The shape of Earth's environment.

56). The Karma for the Native Treatment

57). ____________________Fill in the blanks, I could go on, but...,

Any thought can drive a person insane . It isn't the things we experience and face, it is what WE THINK ABOUT our experience and 'things'.

Byron Katie shared this in her book, "Loving What Is" The wind always blows, but it is our thinking about the howl of the wind, by focusing on that thing we can allow our thinking about it to drive us Insane. It taught me some valuable things, there are ideas in this book, I don't agree with, but it is a good and inspirational read.

Some things we do not tell...

Anxiety! Black Eyed Peas feat. Papa Roach

Negative Self-Talk - You Wouldn't Talk To A Stranger That Way

58). Buy a Lottery ticket/scratch off/Raffle "Right Now" and you will win.

59). This old house is going to fall in on you.

60). A bug will crawl in your ear at night.

61). If you were skinnier/richer/more sociable _________ you would have a boyfriend.

62). Nobody Loves you.

63). The only time the Kids call you is when they want something.

64). You are ugly/fat/a loser.

65). Your daughter wouldn't have gotten killed if you were home that day.

66). Go to the market/River Walk/Tavern, and you will meet a nice guy.

67).If a pine tree can grow in someone's lungs, what about all those flower seeds?

68). You will win a Nobel Peace Prize someday.

69).Hear a wreck, and go down the list of family members who may be affected.

70). Hear about a wreck within a time frame, when a family member COULD have been there, and think, "that was.........".

71). You did win the lottery/get an inheritance/receive an award, but you missed the time.

72), You had 1 Chance at Love, You missed it

73). The reason you dreamed about ____________ you're supposed to move there.

74). You are really in an insane asylum, and you're banging your head against the wall.

75). I was kidnapped by the Army from my parents who are Medicine People, Royalty, or Comanches.

76). Once you top that hill, there is nothing on the other side.

77). Once you top that hill, there is a car in your lane - Head on.

78). If you leave the house, you are in danger, and something Bad will happen.

79). Conspiracy Theories are Sometimes Correct.

80). That person hates me.

81). That guy has the Hots for you, and is trying to flirt.

82). You are Mean and Judgmental, no one likes you.

83). Your house is not clean enough.

84). Your home is not good enough to invite the neighbors and other company.

85). The house smells funny.

86). Your pants have ripped, will rip. Your hose will get a run,...

87). You do not deserve to be happy, or have love.

88). You are too difficult to be around.

89). It is very bad to want to be alone, and enjoy solitude.

90). You left the ice cream in the trunk,

91). Left the Iron on.

92). Didn't lock the Office door, the House Door, the Car...

93). Anybody can be a better parent than you were.

94). Most women are much better "mate" material than you.

95). Your companion pet is dead.

96). Left your computer up and running, from your bank page.

97). You forgot to respond to comments on your Friends HubPages.

98). Your friends responded in a Comment, and you didn't get it. Now they will stop following you.

99). Cartman has more Facebook friends than you!

100). You will die broke, alone and lonely.

Byron Katie - Ophrah Soul Series Interview

Don't Worry, Be Happy

I have learned the hard way that when we keep secrets , it isn't always a good thing. Many will attest that they have lived half of their lives, believing a certain thing was wrong with them, and after years of work and therapy, they find it is not insane , or an isolated event , that many others are thinking the same thoughts.

As I worked on these lists, I really started laughing. By the time I got to the end, It is almost impossible to not Laugh. I think this is like an anti-worry venom . I believe we can trick ourselves into better living, and we can make 'shifts or rifts" in time and space that will have one of our worst worries crumble in just a few words.

The one I love is, "My boss hates me!"

Therapist: "And?"

Me: "Well, they are mean, and make life harder than it should be.

Therapist: "And?"

Me: "I need this job!"

Therapist: "And?''...

The answer is we often really choose to be in situations for a bunch of "stinking thinking" and reasons that don't really make smart or healthy sense.

  1. Is another person's well being, safety, sanity more important than yours? (Children of course need protection from adults)
  2. If you get a lot of pleasure from helping others and buying gifts for someone else, why can't you do the same for yourself?
  3. Being in a situation that makes you physically or mentally ill has no sane reason for being there. You do not deserve anything substandard.
  4. No one is Better than you! No one is closer to Your Higher Power than You!
  5. Really, we can choose happiness, not matter our outer circumstances.

I know these lists are manic, manic, mad, but hopefully - Somehow, it will bring you some Joy and recovery - Peace and The Best!

Last Year - The Four Agreements

It is only later in my life that I learned about The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, it sure has saved me from negative thinking, and bad self-talk.

Since I learned The Four Agreements, I found that I used dishonest self-talk against myself and it produced a negativity in me. Many people worry, but there are more productive ways to use our intelligence.

Thank you for reading this hub.

Do You Worry? Feel Guilty? Live In The Past?

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. How Much Time Do You Spend Worrying About Things?
    • Like Water Off A Ducks Back, I Rarely Worry.
    • There Are Many Things Which Concern Me. I Worry.
    • I Only Worry About A Few Things
  2. Can You Do Anything About Your Worries?
    • Some Things Yes, I Can Take Action.
    • No. Most Things I Worry Over Have No Solution.
    • I Don't Know How To Stop Worrying.

Answer Key

  1. Like Water Off A Ducks Back, I Rarely Worry.
  2. Some Things Yes, I Can Take Action.

© 2010 Lori J Latimer


KnWettstein from United States on September 19, 2014:

I am recently on the job hunt again so I am familiar with worrying. I stumbled across your hub whilst utilizing my outlet for worrying which is writing and I must say I loved reading what you wrote.

Lori J Latimer (author) from Central Oregon on March 11, 2013:

anupma, thank you for the read and comment.

Dr Anupma Srivastava from India on March 10, 2013:

Great hub. . .Really we always worry about useless things. . .

Lori J Latimer (author) from Central Oregon on February 17, 2011:

Photography7777 Thank you! I am glad you found this helpful. Thanks for giving this a read! :0)

Photography7777 from FL on February 17, 2011:

Wow, that was Fantastic! I'm so gad I found this Hub, was so awesome and helpful to read :]

Lori J Latimer (author) from Central Oregon on October 14, 2010:

dallas93444, Thank you for an early morning chuckle, thanks for the visit and read!

Dallas W Thompson from Bakersfield, CA on October 13, 2010:

Ignorance is bliss and I am happy. Good topic. Thanks for sharing.

Lori J Latimer (author) from Central Oregon on October 07, 2010:

TattoGuy, you totally made my day. It has had sharp and rough edges. Please inform me immediately if you win the lottery...i will have to worry about CM again! LOL Thanks for coming by! :0)

TattoGuy on October 07, 2010:

Takin time out to catch up on my readin today and you give me 100 things to worry about lol, although I wouldn't worry about Charlie Manson gettin out, more chance of me winnin the Lottery. Loved yer hub Lilly x

Lori J Latimer (author) from Central Oregon on October 02, 2010:

inkwell780, Thank you for the kind comments, and the smiles you passed my way. Your pleasure is mine...Write On.

inkwell780 on October 02, 2010:

Lilly! First off thank you for reading my Hubs. More importantly thank you for this breath of fresh air of a Hub! You are right everyone has problems and no one really has the answers. Funny list btw and useful too. I cannot be more serious when I say you see things that others do not... You are very Evocative and sagely. I think this is another VERY HELPFUL Hub and the time that it must have taken to publish tells me what a hard and sincere working person you are. Thanks a lot for the chuckle... Sincerely, Matt.

Lori J Latimer (author) from Central Oregon on October 01, 2010:

saddlerider1, thank you for coming by for a read, you gave me a good laugh. This has been quite thereaputic! The list gets shorter in real life.! LOL! Thanks for your humorous because they are so true comments!

saddlerider1 on October 01, 2010:

I don't think a day goes by that one does not worry about many of the things you listed here. As we age and enter our senior years we worry mostly about leaving things on or what we went into that room to get? It makes me smile when dementia starts to set in. But the worst thing for me is having to go out an purchase new kettles and pots and pans because of the burnt out bottoms from leaving them on the elements for to long:0))

Oh the beauty of getting older, wiser? hmmmmm I'm beginning to wonder. Did I forget something here? if I did please forgive me as I go running to the kitchen to turn off an element left on. LOL

Lori J Latimer (author) from Central Oregon on September 27, 2010:

tom hellert! Always a pleasure to meet a fellow Dirt Lover! I cannot wait to read your Hubs! :0)glad you weren't 'all the way dead'. Peace.

tom hellert from home on September 27, 2010:

Well NOw- another environmental geologist... glad to met another fellow rockheAd- i went to Buffalo State for mine- i worked in the env business for 14 years before I died and lost alot of my mental specificity and concentration ability-

oh well i tend to ramble I need to cut throiugh the schist - 9hehe0 and granite i sometimes lose my place and get a little greywackeand garnet oh corrundum I am almost out of bad geo-puns Well take this with a grain of basalt until we have a chance to rock the hubs again


Lori J Latimer (author) from Central Oregon on September 25, 2010:

Nell Rose, thanks for stopping by. I like your comments and am glad for understanding, and others experience with this mind messing stuff!

Nell Rose from England on September 25, 2010:

Hi, Wow, and I thought my brother was bad! lol seriously, I totally understand where you are coming from on this. My brother worries like that all the time, and I have got worse with my worries. Especially after certain events that have happened over the years that I had no control over. I think that is the point. people who don't worry, usually have had very little to worry about, so their brains are still 'intact' for a better word, but once your self confidence and the world around you goes with a great big bump, it is a bit like someone pulling the carpet out from under your feet. your brain cracks, simple as that. And because you have felt that horrible panic feeling, you get stuck with it all the time. trust me, I know. thanks for this, and yes it did make me laugh as well! cheers nell

Lori J Latimer (author) from Central Oregon on September 25, 2010:

Perhaps!, I was kind of free forming it, and letting it flow. Thank you for visiting, and reading WE. :0)

Website Examiner on September 25, 2010:

Good thinking, original concept. Should those concerns be taken in the particular order suggested?

Lori J Latimer (author) from Central Oregon on September 24, 2010:

bayoulady, now that you have confessed,(lol), perhaps the guilt will now dissipate, as many of these things I used to be considered big worries!! Thanks for coming by again!

bayoulady from Northern Louisiana,USA on September 23, 2010:

Ah..Miz lily....I was hopin' nobody noticed those dog ear pages! Alas, I confess,'twas me. But I am reformed from that dastardly practice now.I'll try not to worry, but the guilt....the guilt....

Yes, maybe not exactly edit,but I have been known years back to indignantly ink out a few four letter words,though!

Lori J Latimer (author) from Central Oregon on September 23, 2010:

It was You! I hope you didn't also edit mistakes made by the author or editor too! LOL! It is a sign of love, just support your Library! :0) Don't Worry!

bayoulady from Northern Louisiana,USA on September 23, 2010:

Why Miz lily, then I guess you of all people understand how guilty I feel for all those times I dog-eared the pages of library books.(When it plainly commands patrons NOT to.)I just wasn't the honorable person back then that I am now!

Enjoyed your hub!

Lori J Latimer (author) from Central Oregon on September 22, 2010:

Sweetsusieg! I am so glad you came by to rub the "worry stone" with me! I understand what you are talking about on worrying about Hubs and other things. You are a kind soul, and you care about others...nothing wrong with that!

Sweetsusieg from Michigan on September 22, 2010:

Lilly-Lilly-Lilly.... you worry to much... LOL Just kidding! My Mom instilled some serious guilt on my shoulders so I too am a worry wart.

As you too may have noticed I worry what other people think of me, that is why I removed a Hub. It is as though my opinions don't matter. And yet I worry about that as well, my opinions as just that mine and as such I should be entitled to them, but I don't want to offend. At what point do we worriers stop thinking of others and think of themselves? We can't, because then we would be termed selfish...

Ahhhh, the saga continues...

Great thought provoking Hub... Coming from you, it is expected, since you are always thinking outside the box. And what a box it is!

Lori J Latimer (author) from Central Oregon on September 21, 2010:

Cheaptrick! You are always inspirationall, and I always am glad you came by, and left a comment! :0)

cheaptrick from the bridge of sighs on September 21, 2010:

"For who,by worrying can change the color of a single hair on there Head"J C

Thanks L


Lori J Latimer (author) from Central Oregon on September 20, 2010:

MartieCoetser, Thank You for coming by and getting some enjoyment out of this. The more I look at this list, the less big it funny! I could write about things I am thankful for, that I love, Kindnesses I have witnessed, they are waiting to be writin. I do worry over a pessimist vs. an optimist. I do always hope for the Best and expect the Worst! LOL

Lori J Latimer (author) from Central Oregon on September 20, 2010:

Pcunix, I did read that article, and thank you for sharing it! It really gets me when people want to cross boundaries and interfere with a caring and intelligent set of parents, when they really probably care less about the child's actual welfare. I have a college prof. she was allowed to hike and climb and investigate dangerous terrain as a very young child. Her parents trusted her, and she has excelled in a field mostly male, and she is a leader in gps technology and its relation to Earth Science or Natural Disasters. She couldn't have excelled in these ways if her parents had infused her with fear.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on September 20, 2010:

We cannot help but laugh for many silly things we worry about. I wonder if we get 100 things NOT to worry about, and another 100 things that make us happy? Guess we should try this? We tend to think negative. Why? Well, I know people who are always positive - true optimists. On the other hand, is a pessimist not an informed optimist? Thanks for a thought-provoking hub!

Tony Lawrence from SE MA on September 20, 2010:

Lilly: did you read about that woman in New York who sent her 9 year old home alone on the subway?

Lori J Latimer (author) from Central Oregon on September 20, 2010:

katiem2 - thank you for your comment! One less worry, one less fire hazard! Thank you for easing my mind! :0)

Katie McMurray from Ohio on September 20, 2010:

My kids go around the house unplugging things not being used, they are energy minded and that took a worry off my mind, the worry of leaving things on, fire hazard and the worry of a big electric bill. Great hub.

Lori J Latimer (author) from Central Oregon on September 20, 2010:

RunAbstract, Now, I am worried that readers are worried! Ha! RunAbstract thank you! My brain goes 90 to 300 all the time. When I am asleep too. I thought this may be therapeutic, It is! Thank you for being human too!

RunAbstract from USA on September 20, 2010:

LillyGrillzit, I'm worried that you may worry too much, and feel guilty that I think some of this article is in humor, and some is in fact, and that I can't be sure! But either way, I'm glad I read it, because it makes me feel a little closer to a fellow human being out there who has the same kind of random insecurities as the rest of us, and deep thoughts worth reading.

Lori J Latimer (author) from Central Oregon on September 20, 2010:

Ictodd 1947 - Thank you for coming by for a read. I appreciate your very thoughtful and inspiring comments!:0)

Pcunix - I absolutely Love your Comment! Having had-been in the clutches of the Fundies for 20+ years, brought me a lot of good sound living advice, but instilled enough fear and guilt for several lifetimes. Life is therapy! Thanks for your Comment; a life to aspire toward!

Tony Lawrence from SE MA on September 20, 2010:

I am completely non-religious, but I don't waste time worrying. There';s too much in life to enjoy and as I don't see any chance of any after-life, I intend to milk this one for all the happiness I can.

Linda Todd from Charleston on September 19, 2010:

I agree with ecoggins. We worry most of the time about things which we have no control over. We worry so much that we have no time for feeling good and worry can depress and cause anxiety. As ecoggins said, I am convinced that Jesus is a live and well in my soul and he will not let me die alone and lonely.

Thanks for sharing this hub which is interesting and it does present us with thoughts that we worry and fear too much.

ecoggins from Corona, California on September 19, 2010:

This is a very insightful and interesting hub. Thank you for sharing it. There are so many things one can worry about, aren't there?

Left the iron on is a concern for my wife and her mother. Her mother left the iron on once and their house burned down. There is a distinct possibilitiy that I may die broke, but if Jesus is who he said he is (which I am convinced he is and do not worry about if he isn't) then I will never die alone or lonely.

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