Don’t worry, be happy

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Is worrying about life’s ups and downs hardwired into my DNA, a hereditary trait, or is it just a function of aging? Or, does it come about as you begin to realize your plans for the future don’t always work out given the ebb and flow of an ever changing landscape and with those you share the world.

A recent survey revealed that a resilient attitude may be the secret to aging successfully. In fact they believe a positive attitude may be more important to aging than good physical health. So there may be some truth to the old wives tale of worrying one’s self to death.

So the bottom line is this; Mayan calendar predicting the end of the world on December 21st of this year; fiscal cliff looming on the horizon; financial struggles; personal concerns; what to write in next week’s column…. Hey, bring em on. There is little we can’t overcome if we approach things with a positive, can do attitude.

If we’ve learned anything through out time there will always be issues beyond our control and as mere humans we are fallible, destined to trip up. We only make things worse for ourselves if we dwell on the negative. We need to be responsible for our actions but we only go around once so we need to make the most of what we’ve been given, keep our focus on the future and our optimism high. Life is short. Every day is a gift, which is why they call it the “present.”

Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press. He may be reached at dan@newmarketpressvt.com.

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