Things to worry about

Lists are how we manage the world.

I love a good list.

If it’s a numbered list, then even better!

I found the small and no longer update site “Lists of note” when researching Franklin’s 13 Virtues.

The site contains mostly irreverant lists but the Franklin one drew me in.

My favourite has to be F Scott Fitzgerald’s list of “things to worry about” – I particularly like that there are more things to not worry about, than to worry about.

Things to worry about:

Worry about courage
Worry about cleanliness
Worry about efficiency
Worry about horsemanship

Things not to worry about:

Don’t worry about popular opinion
Don’t worry about dolls
Don’t worry about the past
Don’t worry about the future
Don’t worry about growing up
Don’t worry about anybody getting ahead of you
Don’t worry about triumph
Don’t worry about failure unless it comes through your own fault
Don’t worry about mosquitoes
Don’t worry about flies
Don’t worry about insects in general
Don’t worry about parents
Don’t worry about boys
Don’t worry about disappointments
Don’t worry about pleasures
Don’t worry about satisfactions

If you are worrying about something- remember nothing really matters, except horsemanship, courage, cleanliness and efficiency.

http://www.listsofnote.com/