There is an interesting article in today's Yorkshire Post about what women carry about in their handbags. I have just tipped mine out on to the table and I list the contents herewith:-
purse; cheque book; mobile phone; comb; diary; pen;spare hearing aid; tissues; bill to pay when I next go into town. The writer of the article, Stephanie Smith, says that some folk say you can tell the state of a woman's mind by what she has in her handbag.
Some chap in America suggests that although you can tell the state of a woman's mind by what is in her handbag, perhaps a better strategy would be for her to make a diagram about her worries. So he did just that. It makes interesting reading:
children - lunch, toys, room mess. Worries about work. House - state of cleanliness. Personal - weight and looks.
No mention of health, which I found interesting. Other than that I think we could all agree with most of it (with perhaps a question mark over weight and looks, which only applies to some of us).
Some of us worry more than others. I used to be a terrible worrier but over the years I have learned to control it a little, but there are still worries. Some of them - in fact most of them - fade a little after a couple of days. But I think the health of all my loved ones - husband, son, grand children perhaps comes top of my list. My oldest grandson is about to become a father for the first time (3 days overdue) and I shall be pleased when that is over and all is well. My own health - not so much. Although having just booked a holiday which entails going through Amsterdam airport I am at present worrying about my mobility and the long walk to passport control. Am I too proud to ask for a wheel chair? Basically yes, but I think reason may have to take over and I might have to be sensible and give in.
As Stephanie Smith concludes, how lucky we are compared with others in the world, that we can waste time on such worries. As John Lennon famously said, "Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans." And of course, knowing the outcome of his own life, nobody ever made a truer statement.