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good for you! I am a worrier too and I agree that it hurts us. Valerie

I needed something like this today. It's been a truly bad day and we've been handed a truly enormous boulder... I like "when my mind won't stop polishing stones", and I appreciate meeting a new-to-me poet (Mary Oliver).

Worry hurts me. Always. My coping tool has been Phil. 4. If I am laying awake, "polishing stones", I will start praying the part that says: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." I like that my requests are worth thinking about - it's the worry part that hurts me, hurts my heart and mind. For me, with my faith, it helps.

I can't stop the stones from coming into my life. But I can remember that I have a choice on what I do with my reaction to those stones.

Oh how I love reading your words-you are so gifted!!! Elias grounds you in the hardest way ever, Olive lifts you up and Nick lets you fly!!

Valerie, I always knew my worrying wasnt helpful but i never really thought of it as hurtful until this woman poised the question. Tracy thank you for sharing part of your prayer, beautiful words. Its so true that we can't stop the boulders from falling in our path but we can choose how we respond. Still trying to let go when I can....Noel, love your last line;) Makes my heart soar, thanks.

a wise woman told me that your thoughts are not who you are. important to remember this. put those thoughts aside and be. you are beauty. love and miss you. xo

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