The evolution of worries

The evolution of worries

  27 Dec 2023

Today, I want to talk to you about your worries.

After all, who doesn’t love worrying?

Thousands of years ago, it was part of what kept humans alive.

Is that a lion in the bushes? Was that a tiger?

Nine times out of ten, there probably was no large-toothed animal about to pounce.

But worrying saved lives often enough that it became ingrained.

Fast forward to the present day.

Chances are, if you are reading this email on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device, you probably don’t have to worry the way our ancestors did.

But I bet that doesn’t stop you from doing it…

Today, instead of being hyper-vigilant about big scary predators that could actually kill us, we obsess over markets, portfolios, job security, the value of our homes, and other sources of possible inconvenience.

There are just two problems with this:

  1. Most things we worry about just don’t happen.
  2. Even if they do happen, worrying doesn’t help.

I picture an early man’s relationship with worry being something like a groove.

You know, as in, “Wow, Lebron is really in a groove right now!”

Each time a sound in the bush was heard, and preventative action was taken, it probably felt really good.

Like hitting another tough shot over the defender.

Sadly, we all know what happens to a groove if not maintained… it turns into a rut.

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