be a worry warrior

During the past month of our country's temporary shutdown, I have been working from home, mostly. One of my assignments during this crisis is to help with staff support. To that end, my department has been writing daily encouragements for staff to start their days. I would like to share some here.


This one just dropped last week and was received well. Many of us struggle with worry - what I like to call "fretting." It describes it better, don't you think? I picture a little mouse on its hind legs with its little front teeth gnawing on its little claws, saying to itself, "Where is that cheese? I need that cheese? Oh dear! Oh my! Whatever will I do?"

I picture a little mouse on its hind legs with its little front teeth gnawing on its little claws, saying to itself, "Where is that cheese? I need that cheese? Oh dear! Oh my! Whatever will I do?"

Just as mice scurry, so can our minds when things are uneasy. It is my prayer that these short words of encouragement bring the scurry down to a stroll. Be well, Valerie


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“What, Me Worry?” - Alfred E. Neuman, mascot of MAD Magazine

Worry Warrior

By Valerie LK Martin, Spiritual Care Team

Anyone ever call you a “worry wart”? That phrase came from an old wives’ tale that warts were caused by stress and worry. I am not a worry wart by nature. But a week ago or so, my 77-year-old mama was diagnosed with COVID-19. She had been very sick with GI problems for a week, and they finally decided to test her. No respiratory issues – thank the heavens. But just hearing the words “positive for COVID” were enough to spike my worry meter.

The more uncertainty, the more unease in our lives, the more worry can control us…if we let it. Worry is not a living thing that can defeat us without warning. It is an enemy of the mind. We have the tools to conquer it.

In the Christian Bible, followers are told to “take every thought captive.” (2 Corinthians 10:5) The Buddha said, “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” Our therapeutic methods in mental health might say, “Change your mind, change your world.”

The more uncertainty, the more unease in our lives, the more worry can control us…if we let it. Worry is not a living thing that can defeat us without warning. It is an enemy of the mind. We have the tools to conquer it.

When worry invades us, we must meet it head on with all the weapons at our disposal. Otherwise, we become prisoners to it, and this is the surest way to zap hope. In these days, we have hope! Our efforts are working! There will be a day soon when we can go to our favorite restaurant, hug our friends and dance together.

Remind your mind who is the boss. Remind yourself you are a warrior…with no worry warts!

PS: Mama is doing great!

Thought for the Day, from James Allen’s As A Man Thinketh

Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environment…

Creator God – help us make it so.


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