“As a society, we are making decisions based on our perception of issues, and not based on the science underlying those issues. In 2007, we are preoccupied with West Nile virus, avian flu and mad cow disease. We worry ourselves sick about things that are not going to happen. Meanwhile, obesity is epidemic, smoking of cigarettes causes 400,000 deaths a year, and drinking alcohol causes 85,000 deaths in the U.S. alone, and we allow these.”
- Dr. Mickey Gunter, University of Idaho
What do you worry about? Are most of your worries based on perception rather than reality? I’ve found that since I no longer watch TV news, my list of fears has decreased dramatically. I used to dwell on things that had very little chance of actually happening to me, just because the talking heads on the TV news told me I should be afraid. But then I’d forget about the slippery bathtub in my house or the artery-clogging hamburger I was eating.
Every now and then it’s good to remind ourselves of what’s real and important in our lives, and what deserves our genuine concern. Shake off the false perceptions and focus on what you can do for your family to make them safer and happier. You might be surprised at how close to worry-free you can become.