In the world of printing nothing is ever perfect, no matter how many times we proofread the brochure. No matter how many people “look it over”. No matter how many hours we fret or lose sleep before the job goes to press, there will always be something we could have done different or better.
Amazingly, we don’t see it until the job is actually printed. Welcome to the print industry where mistakes are printed every.single.day. (Say, like your phone number on that all important brochure.)
A customer came into the shop last week. She told me she had been up since 2 a.m. fretting about the job we printed wrong for her (which we reprinted for free). She lost a good night’s sleep over something she had no control over, we fixed…and was also not.the.end.of.the.world.
Yet, she fretted anyway.
We all do it from time to time. If you are someone who suffers from anxiety you do it a lot more often, but that’s a whole other issue.
My pastor once said, “Worry is the illusion of control.” We believe if we fret, which is just another word for worry, enough about something we will some how control the outcome.
That is the illusion, my friend.
Fretting is a waste of time. It’s a waste of our life. We have better things to do.
Not only can we not change the outcome by fretting, but we will not add one more day to our life. Just the opposite, excessive worry is bad for our health. It’s scientific…Google it if you don’t believe me.
So, for this Wednesday’s Word I chose this verse to meditate on: “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34)
I like it mostly because I can apply it to the work I do in printing. But, dang! Isn’t it so true about life too? Today has worries, tomorrow will have worries, and the day after that too.
So, stop fretting and get on with your life because there will something else to fret about tomorrow. But don’t fret about it.