I love hanging with my kids. They don't talk about the economy or the housing prices (enough already). They don't worry about the stock market or the unemployment rates. They could care less how much Jessica Simpson weighs and they certainly don't want to talk about who isn't paying their taxes in government.
They want to know about the best movie in the theater right now. They want to know if a squirrel or a dog would win a mile running race. They want to know when they can go swimming and why ants work so hard. They want to hang out with me and my husband and play Monopoly and Uno. They think a sponge can live in a pineapple under the sea.
Yesterday I watched Christian play in three different soccer games. He was so in the moment with his friends and that ball. He didn't even notice me cheering hysterically on the sidelines. He wasn't worried. He isn't worried.
"Worry pretends to be necessary," said Eckhart Tolle in his book A New Earth.
I think he was right.
We learn to worry. We think we should worry because everyone else is. We think that if we worry we can prevent "bad" things from happening to us.
Of course, the opposite is true. When we worry, we attract the things we are concentrating on pushing against.
Being in the moment and keeping thoughts positive and cleaned-up doesn't mean we abdicate responsibility and sign an interest-only mortgage we can't afford.
It means we don't.
Think about it.
What we have is what we need.
Buying something we can't afford is an action taken from negative thinking.
Worrying endlessly if you lose your job is a feeling triggered by negative thinking and has no upside and a lot of downside.
Watch your kids and learn how to be in the moment.
Learn how not to worry.
They can show you how.