There's a Swedish proverb that says, "Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow." It certainly created a big shadow for the spider in my mind that was much bigger than the reality. Fear or worry or anxiety are learned ways of responding to life. It’s interesting that the original meaning of the word worry is “wringing.” If there is anything that will wring the life out of your hopes and dreams, it’s worry.
Let me give you a good reason to work at letting go of worry. Your imagination can create your experiences, and your mind doesn't know the difference between a real and imagined experience. Don’t take my word for it, consult Einstein. Anyway, when you worry, your imagination shifts into high alert, and your mind begins to create the emotional conditions you are fretting over. You start imagining what might happen. Consequently, worry becomes a creative, attracting power. It draws into your life the very thing you've been worrying about. In other words, your worry can create a real life experience.
Not many people will admit this, but worry is a seed. It has the power to grow experiences that harmonize with it. Like a zombie, worry does not think. It is a feeling that gains energy from when you use it. It is sneaky, however, so it is up to you to be aware of when you are using it to create what you fear.
It is not an accident that you are on this planet of lesson. You are here to learn the power you have of making deliberate, full-awareness choices. When you are experiencing feelings like worry, fear, or anxiety, you have the opportunity to recognize that you are under the grip of a robotic, conditioned response and make different choices. Otherwise, the small things in your life can begin to cast such big shadows that you can’t find the light.