It’s in the Bible – “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you. He will never let the righteous fall.” (Psalm 55:22). And Proverbs 12:25 “An anxious heart weighs a man down but a kind word cheers him up.” And then there’s John 14:27 – “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” This is good counsel for all. The message? Don’t worry.
Numerous sages have offered comment on the subject of worry – “Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight” (Benjamin Franklin). “Drag your thoughts away from your troubles. By the ears. By the heels. Or any other way you can manage it” (Mark Twain). “Sorrow looks back. Worry looks around. Faith looks up” (Ralph Waldo Emerson). “You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry. Don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way” (Walter Hagen).
While there is wisdom in these quotations, there may be a better way to convey the message. I can think of no better way than “Hakuna Matata” (Swahili for “there’s no problem“). “Hakuna Matata” is a song title in Disney’s “The Lion King.” My granddaughters associate me with Pumbaa (which means “silly” in Swahili) – the odoriferous warthog who “sings” the song. But listen to his message. Watch for 3 minutes and 49 seconds. You’ll smile. I promise. Oh watch it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbY_aP-alkw