Fundamental facts you should know about worry

1. If you want to avoid worry, do what Sir William Osler did: Live in “day-tight compartments.” Don’t stew about the futures. Just live each day u ntil bedtime.

2. The next time Trouble—with a Capital T—backs you up in a corner, try the magic formula of Willis H. Carrier:

  • Ask yourself, “What is the worst that can possibly happen if I can’t solve my problem?
  • Prepare yourself mentally to accept the worst—if necessary.
  • Then calmly try to improve upon the worst—which you have already mentally agreed to accept.

3. Remind yourself of the exorbitant price you can pay for worry in terms of your health. “Those who do not know how to fight worry die young.”

“Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.”
 Gustave Flaubert