"This life therefore, is not godliness but the process of becoming godly, not health but getting well, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not now what we shall be, but we are on the way. The process is not yet finished, but it is actively going on. This is not the goal, but it is the right road. At present, everything does not gleam and sparkle, but everything is being cleansed." --Martin Luther

Monday, June 14, 2010

THE NOTICER by ANDY ANDREWS--“Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective.”

This is another quick little read. I saw it at the store when looking for something to read in Mexico. I wasn’t exactly sure what it was but it looked interesting.
It is kind-of one of those books where you are just told what you already know, but just need to be reminded of. It goes through various situations of life and tries to look at them from a new perspective. For example, there is the married couple that speaks different love languages and has a sit down with “The Noticer” and sees it in a way they never had before.
So anyway, a quick little engrossing read.

One chapter that stood out to me dealt with worry-because I am a worrier! “The Noticer” explains that:

  • 40% of what we worry about will never occur anyway
  • 30% are things that have already happened
  • 12% is needless imaginations with our health “My leg hurts-I must have cancer.”
  • 10% is petty little nothing worries about what people think-which we can do nothing about
  • 8%- legitimate concerns
He says, “Worry-fear-just misuse of creative imagination that has been placed in us because we are smart and creative. We imagine all that things that could happen, that might happen, that will happen if this and that happen.” (p.52)
“Dumb people, on the other hand, don’t worry about anything! They aren’t afraid of anything! You’ve seen the TV shows. The only thing crazier than the guy that says, ‘Watch this!’ is the guy that says, ‘Heck, I can do that!’” (p.53)
So now, when I get bogged down in a bunch of worrying, I at least try to categorize what it is and figure out if it is worth my time worrying about. I’ve been spending way too much time in all the non-legitimate concern categories.

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