Day 519: $!

I had a lot of $ anxiety yesterday.   It was almost overwhelming.

$ anxiety = a major source of stress, for lots of people.

My $ anxiety, however, didn’t really make ¢¢. While there’s been some recent health + work uncertainty in my life,  I’m not in real $ danger, at the moment.

But, I COULD be, at some point in the future.

Which reminds me of this paragraph, @ my other WordPress location:

This is a particularly extreme and painful form of fortune telling, where we project a situation into a disaster or the worst-case scenario. You might think catastrophizing helps you prepare and protect yourself, but it usually causes needless anxiety and worry.

Besides catastrophizing, here are other things that ^^^  my $ anxiety:

  • Unexpected charges.
  • The involvement of large bureaucracies (like the Internal Revenue Service).
  • Needing to make decisions, quickly.
  • Having to rely on other people.
  • Distrust.
  • Worry about being taken advantage of, because of my lack of expertise.
  • Confusion about the right thing to do.
  • Fear of making the “wrong” decision.
  • Imagining others judging me as “foolish.”


Except for #1 on that list, none of those have to do with $. The rest are worries related to (1) control, (2) other people, (3) decision-making, & (4) mistakes/perfectionism — like __%* of my other posts.

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Now that I’ve gotten THAT off my chest, I want to acknowledge that  $ stress can be all too real, to a large % of the world’s population.

But when you add worries about the future + regrets about the past, to $ concerns, that stress can seem ….

Now, what can help me let go of worry, today?

How about music?

Here’s something I linked to, two days ago:

Since I have some worry that “The Best Things in Life Are Free” from Mad Men, starring one of my favorite song-and-dance men, Robert Morse, might disappear — poof! —  from YouTube, all too soon …  let’s do one more song about $.

And since I have some worry that some of my readers can’t see videos in my post, I’m letting go of that — poof! — with these stress-reducing and/or keyboard-character-related images, from yesterday:








Thanks to the Beatles (for reminding us that money can’t buy us love), to Robert Morse, to Mad Men, to Angry Women, to people in all sorts of states, to silly and non-silly geese, to special characters on my keyboard (and elsewhere), and to you — of course!!!! — for reading today.

* Of course I’m going to have footnotes today … it’s another excuse to use special characters in this post! Oh, and I don’t know what percentage of my posts include those things, but it’s a #$@!!!%^$#@!!** large one.

** Indicating swear words, obscenities, and other uncivilized expressions of emotion.


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35 thoughts on “Day 519: $!

  1. Fortune telling is aptly named! Hope u will call 4 what you want w or w/o $ anxiety.

    Love u CG


  2. Sorry to hear

    • I’m wondering about your sorry-ness, Alex, although not surprised: I always find you very empathic and concerned. Perhaps my post wasn’t clear … I’m a-ok (although dealing with a lot).

      And regarding your love of movies .. I’m curious about any thoughts you might have about “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” (with Robert Morse), “A Hard Day’s Night” or musicals in general.

      Thanks, Alex!

  3. Gosh, I can relate to this–I spend so much time “catastrophizing” that I often fail to notice that the world is still pretty amazing and sunny and good despite my mental attempts to turn it into a place of gloom and doom. An enjoyable read!

    • Thank you for this amazing comment, balancing gloom with sunny. I am so pleased that you visited and commented.

  4. You will figure it out, Ann, because you have character. Great post.

  5. Gene Phillips

    I can easily relate to much on your list of factors that raise anxiety over money, although I am fairly trusting. When making large (but not really major) purchases, a combination of having too many choices and a regular tendency to procrastinate often leads me to having to make quick decisions in a state of anxiety.

  6. I *^*&%&^)(*(& love this post Ann! ❤
    Diana xo

  7. I really love that photo of the still water and trees (5315.jpg?) It put me at ease looking at it. I tend to actually use catastrophizing to positive effect to deal with work stress, because I tend to think that the worst that could happen at work is still nothing compared to a ton of other things that could happen and have happened and definitely will happen, and this frees me up and lightens things for me at the office. Maybe we can invent a trademarked version of catastrophizing called “Optastrophizing” and become famous and do like giant workshops at the Boston Garden where we wear those funny microphones on our heads and have Journey background music and everyone claps at everything we say even if it’s not funny and we wouldn’t even care if it were funny or not because couldn’t it get a lot worse than just telling a bad joke now and then in front of fifteen thousand people and then write a best-selling book about Optastrophizing in our daily lives and then we’ll be accused of being cult leaders and have to hide in the deep woods of Idaho and learn to survive in the woods away from the crazies and even how to grow and roast our own coffee beans and still it won’t be so bad, will it?

    • Sold! Where do I send the check to sign on? Or maybe we should leave $ out of it, at this point.

      Is the Journey music negotiable? Otherwise, I don’t think bf Michael will be in the audience. He sure does love coffee, though.

  8. “But when you add worries about the future + regrets about the past, to $ concerns, that stress can seem ….” — very familiar to a lot of us! (Including me.)

    I loved the Mad Men clip. Now I will dance stylishly to the fridge and make some breakfast.

  9. Well at least your anxiety is making me think so it’s not all bad. 🙂

    I think we humans are fairly possessive about resources. Resources give us safety and security in an uncertain. The problem with money is, that we tend to view it as a resource, when in fact it is only a tool in which to acquire resources. You can’t eat or drink money, you can’t have money love you and/or be your friend, you can’t build a shelter out of money or rub it against a wound to drive away infection. But you can use to get some things to help you out. When you plant a crop to provide sustenance for yourself you can do it well with a tool like a plow. The goal is the crop, not the plow. But people keep worrying about how many plows they have and no matter how many plows you acquire unless you plant things that grow, the plow mean nothing. I think it’s okay to feel anxious about resources, both material and immaterial, things that make you whole, safe, and happy, but I don’t think money is one of those things. 🙂 At least that’s how I feel.

    • Swarn, honestly, I cannot imagine anything NOT making you think. Which is a very good thing, in my balance sheet. I was especially wow-ed by your plow/crop $ analogy.

      And here’s the bottom line: your valuable thoughts are FREE for all to see. More proof for Song #1 in this post.

      • Once again you are extraordinarily kind. 🙂

        Well I’m pretty sure I’m still in the red after all the time you took to discuss judgment with me. I can’t start slacking on good comments now. 🙂

      • Red is my favorite color!

  10. Louise

    Oh man, I’ve been worrying about money so much today! I also have some unexpected health costs that are making me worry about future money danger. Glad I came across your post 🙂

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  12. Finances are definite stressors.

  13. happy trip down memory lane with the Beatles, which played OK for me.

  14. PS I had a look at your other site. I do an awful lot of 1, 6 and 7. I’ll note that and try to do it less. Thanks.

    • A lot of people do those things, Hilary. Noting them and trying to do them less — incredibly valuable steps.

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