Five hundred years ago, Michel de Montaigne said: “My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened.”
Now there’s a study that proves it.
Research now proves that 85% of the things we worry about never happen.
In this study, subjects were asked to write down their worries over an extended period, and then identify which of their imagined misfortunes did not actually happen.
Only 15% actually happened.
But how much of your energy do you use worrying? On things that won’t happen?!?
Is that the best investment of your limited energy?
Surely a better strategy would be to develop the belief that whatever happens you’ll be able to handle it?
Humans are tribal.
As humans we have an insatiable desire to explain untoward events so we can get on with solutions.
In any field, most of the rewards go to the top 5% of people.
I say please to Siri.
If a turkey were to assess the state of the world in early December, they would be forgiven for thinking all is well and that the farmer loves them.
We often compare today’s performance relative to yesterdays.
In summer I walked up to the Rob Roy Glacier near Wanaka.
There are two ways to find the limit.
When I was skiing professionally, I knew that standing on the edge of a cliff for longer didn’t make it any safer to drop.
On Monday I attended the funeral of a good friend of mine from medical school, Andy Greer. He died suddenly while working a shift at Christchurch Hospital. He was 40.