Sometimes we are worrywarts and we bet you are too. It’s moments like these in which we have to take a page out of the books of these “chill out” visionaries, so to speak, and put all our worries into perspective:
First there’s the classic scene from Oliver and Company in which Dodger teaches Oliver a valuable lesson in street savoir faire.
He plays it totally cool.
And demonstrates his street smartz.
And rides on top of cars. (Note: Please do not try this at home.)
And generally reminds Oliver that sometimes in life you have to rely on what you’ve got and hope the rest works itself out. In other words, “Why should I worry? Why should I care? I may not have a dime, but I got street savoir faire.”
Then there’s Baloo: he’s almost too cool to bear. (#pun)
He sings an incredible song about what it means to look for life’s bare necessities. (#couldbeapun)
And teaches his young pal Mowgli about how the finer things in life are actually the simple joys.
And about how if you focus on the little things, you can “forget about your worries and your strife.”
And then he says one of our favorite things any bear has ever said: “Fall apart in my backyard.” We wish we had more uses for that phrase in our lives. Maybe we’ll invent some.
After that we have the quintessential worry-free mantra, hakuna matata, and it’s thoughtful promoters.
Timon and Pumbaa make some great points to Simba about how he needs a motto to help make things better by changing his outlook.
And then they swing on some vines and continue to sing their feelings about life.
And make the point that hakuna matata “means no worries for the rest of your days.”
And there’s the big finish involving their problem-free philosophy…. HAKUNA MATATA. (Now it’s stuck in our heads again.)
And finally there’s Walt and that time he said this: “Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it any better.”
He’s the wisest of the wise. You know he’s not wrong, we know he’s not wrong. Let’s all agree to agree.
What have we learned from all of these mantras and mottos and thoughts on worrying? Try your hardest, be present in life, be kind to all, and then stop worrying and let the world unfold.