My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened.
Michel de Montaigne
We are a worried species. It’s an evolutionary adaptation that no longer serves us, but we persist in practicing it nonetheless.
Worry kept us alive and alert in the wilderness, now it hyper-focuses on what the mind imagines the challenges will be. No surprise, we are most often wrong.
When I look back at my own misfortunes, not one of them was what kept me up at night. In other words, while I was busy worrying about these things, the other, real problems were underfoot.
Worry occupies such an outsized presence in our minds that we assume the things we are worrying about hold the most importance. Yet, our predilection for worry doesn’t mean we know how to select our focus on the things that really matter.
We don’t know what to worry about, and that has us worried too.
Enter this excellent piece I’ve linked below on Lithub (they also have a great weekly newsletter) about using science to show what the real risks from fluoridation are versus, say, added sugar.
Quite an eye opener.
My take: give your emotions less weight. The reaction something elicits in you is not validation of an existing problem.