Why Do We Stress About Things Beyond Our Control?

It’s a funny word control. Full of illusion, power & submission.

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When we become attached to situations, things or ideas, naturally we’re going to stress about losing them because we believe we own them. Then they begin to dominate our lives as if they’ve taken over that very ownership until we’re terrified of pretty much everything. Here’s a great example:

You’ve seen a car you love, yours is way past it’s time now and you’re on the look out for a new one. This car is shiny, new with great mileage and will be the envy of the street. Every night you look to make sure it hasn’t been sold and then you buy it. That dream is now reality – it’s yours. But you’d forgotten about bad drivers on the road and you guard that car with your life. You’re out there making sure nobody has scratched it, you have it alarmed to the hilt and woe betide anyone who gets too close. That car is no longer the love of your life, it’s your personal responsibility it preoccupies most of your time. The constant worry about losing it, someone damaging it or even it breaking down, is haunting you.

In reality though according to Buddhist Science, everything is impermanent & empty (void of self) which actually means, nothing exists in the way we see it whether it’s material, phenomena or human . Everything will inevitably end or perish at some point.  Given this idea, there doesn’t really seem much point in stressing out over things does there? But then not everyone’s Buddhist.

whats your take on why we stress about things beyond our control?

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2 thoughts on “Why Do We Stress About Things Beyond Our Control?

  1. What an interesting thought, from the Buddhists… I’m not sure why we stress, maybe it’s a way to keep our minds busy. Maybe it’s that we’re never happy with what we have, we always want more. Maybe it’s the push we need to keep going…? Sorry, a lot of maybe’s but no answer… ???

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