Some time ago, a neighbor rang my doorbell one evening and urged me and my family to be vaccinated against smallpox. He was only one of thousands of volunteers who were ringing doorbells all over New York City.
Frightened people stood in lines for hours at a time to be vaccinated. Vaccination stations were opened not only in all hospitals, but also in fire-houses, police precincts, and in large industrial plants. More than two thousand doctors and nurses worked feverishly day and night, vaccinating crowds.
The cause of all this excitement? Eight people in New York City had smallpox and two had died. Two deaths out of a population of almost eight million!
Now, I have lived in New York for over thirty seven years, and no one has ever yet rung my doorbell to warn me against the emotional sickness of worry - an illness that, during the last thirty seven years, has caused ten thousand times more damage than smallpox.
No doorbell ringer has ever warned me that one person out of ten now living in these United States will have a nervous breakdown induced in the vast majority of cases by worry and emotional conflicts.
Wake up, ring the doorbell of your mind and heart against worry and emotional conflicts.
This is a wonderful tale from a book by Dale Carnegie. Have you ever noticed kids. They do not worry. Do you remember any kid spending or wasting days in worrying about something. Usually they do not. You know why? Because they do not think about the past. Past brings sorrows, miseries and worries. They do not think about future. Because thinking about future brings anxiety, which again develops worries. They live in present, they play in present. Your present time is something you have control upon. Use it wisely and keep yourself happy. That's the only objective of your life. If not, then what else it should be?