There’s a reason I’m kicking off the Pinterest Therapy Sessions with this pin….
See, I’m quite the Super Hero. You probably didn’t know that because I don’t always rock the latex bodysuit, leather boots and shield.
I am Worry Wonder Woman and my superpower is a bit sketchy. It’s the ability to jump to the worst possible conclusion at head-snapping speed. That mosquito bite that doesn’t itch. Give me 10 minutes and I can turn a simple bug bite into inoperable, metastasized melanoma.
Until I came across this quote, I never connected imagination with worry. But the more I think about it, the more it makes sense.
Worry is a misuse of the imagination.
There are things that we love to imagine: lying on a white sand beach in the Caribbean, finally getting that corner office, fitting into our high school jeans, etc.
And then there are things that we should never imagine: a multi-car accident, bankruptcy, the death or illness of a loved one, a lay-off or business failure, etc.
Notice the difference here.
When we imagine fun, happy, positive scenarios, it’s called dreaming.
When we imagine sad, depressing, negative scenarios, it’s called worrying.
Either way, it’s the imagination at work.
That means worrying is not only a figment of our imagination – it’s a corruption of it. So maybe the trick is to use the imagination more wisely. To indulge our imagination when it comes to our hopes and dreams – but not when we’re dealing with fears and doubts.
As a certified “Worry Wart”, I find this pin very comforting.
First off, we “Worry Warts” are obviously far more creative than we realize. So let’s bask in that for a moment.
And second, maybe we “Worry Warts” can harness our abundantly overflowing creativity. We can still let our imaginations run wild and free, but only when we’re entertaining positive or productive thoughts. Like daydreaming about writing a NYT fiction bestseller, winning the Power Ball jackpot or 50 ways to seduce your mate with cool whip. No wait, that last one was a different pin!
It looks like our time is up for today. Thanks Pinterest! I feel better already!
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Do you agree that worry is the misuse of imagination?