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Michael Kuhr Author – NO ONE HAS TO WORRY


by Michael Kuhr

Worrying does not help solve problems. One way to describe worrying is by comparing it to a martial arts lesson. If someone goes to punch you in the face and you blink, you get punched in the face. However, if you keep your eyes open you can block the punch or dodge the punch. Worrying is like blinking . . . you miss something very important. You can learn to avoid worrying. When you feel yourself beginning to worry about something, simply say, “I am not going to worry about it.” If necessary, think the same words in your mind. It’s easy and it works. When you worry, it bothers the people around you; and it increases your own anxiety.
Problem solving is productive. It’s important to realize when we start worrying. Then we can shift into problem solving gear. For example, the oranges on your tree are ripe. Freezing weather is forecast for the next few days . . . you could sit in front of the television watching the weather report, hoping for warmer weather. This is a good example of useless worrying. Hopefully, this evolves into real problem solving. List options:
 Option one: pick the oranges if in reach.
 Option two: use a ladder
 Option three: buy a long tool
 Option four: the oranges were not in reach.
 Option five: the ladder didn’t fit past the branches
 Option six: the long tool worked, the oranges were sweet.
Think of the term “Yankee Ingenuity”. It refers to people’s creative ability to solve problems. For example: you can’t find your cell phone. You go worrying from room to room 5 times . . . no luck! It’s driving you nuts! So you ask your neighbor to call you. Your cell phone rings between the couch cushions. Problem solved. You found your cell phone!
It’s helpful to differentiate between worrying and problem solving:
 Problem solving is focused and productive.
 No one has to worry. It’s better to problem solve.
 Worrying is unproductive and a waste of time.
One of my family members said she was worrying about an interpersonal conflict, so she said, “I’m not going to worry about it,” and like magic the worry disappeared.
No one has to worry.
Michael Kuhr, Author, michaelkuhr@comcast.net


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Michael Kuhr Author- NO ONE HAS TO BE IT


by Michael Kuhr

The word IT can refer to anything.   If used irresponsibly, the word IT can be used as a weapon.   Being IT is like being out in a snowstorm and ten guys are throwing snowballs at you.   Being IT is similar to being attacked from all sides.   The weapons could be words, snowballs, or elbows.   No one wants to be IT.   We all have been IT at some point in our lives.   Words can really hurt.   If someone is talking to you and he says: “I don’t like IT”, “That’s IT”, or “IT smells,” one might wonder if he is talking about you.   From here on out, the word IT will be replaced by the symbol (*).

The purpose for this substitution is to promote clarity of thought.   The more that the word (*) is written and spoken, the more confusion there is in the world.   When we encounter confusion, we experience discomfort.   Depending on the intensity and duration of the discomfort, confusion can cause depression, obesity, and other stress related illnesses.   We humans need to understand our environment.   We crave meaning in our lives.

No one has to be (*).   One elderly man was very ill.   Nevertheless he wanted to go for a ride in his wheelchair.   I took him down a street that was unfamiliar to me.   We came to a sign that said, “Dead End”.   I said ” (*) is time to go home now”.   He said “Yes”.   Then we turned and went back to his house.   Later he told me that everything that I said to him was right.   No one has to be (*).   He died peacefully the next night.

Sometimes (*) is difficult to avoid using the word (*) in conversation.   Instead of saying, “This weather is bad. I hate (*).”   One can say, “This weather is bad.   I hate this weather.”   Granted, this language is awkward, but this language can be fun with the right attitude.   You would be surprised at how many times we use the word (*) in normal conversation.   If you can, do not use the word (*) for five minutes.   The goals are: more clarity, less confusion.

Think of the game of tag.   Someone tags you making you (*), you tag someone else making him the one who’s (*).   No one wants to be (*)!   In families the weaker ones are devastated by the (*) weapon.   People will use any means to get ahead and stay ahead. (*) is like a hot potato.  Nobody wants to be stuck with (*).   Some people feel very uncomfortable if there is not a likely scapegoat that is readily available.   They do not want to face their own issues.

A mother and son came to me with the following problem: He would not get up in the morning and she could not get him up.   This soured their whole relationship.   They were both (*).   I asked the boy if he could set an alarm clock and wake himself up.   He said he could do that and he did. At their next appointment, they both came in with smiles on their faces.   They were visibly happier.   No one has to be (*).


Michael Kuhr’s Vita

Michael Kuhr

1976-1978 Arizona State University
MSW-Masters degree in Social Work
Family Counseling Agency-Tucson, Arizona
Eastside Counseling Center-Tucson, Arizona

1971-1976 University of Arizona
Psychology and Anthropology-double major
Two semesters of creative writing

1978 Project Family-Aptos, California
Ruth McClendon and Les Kadis
Transactional Analysis and Gestalt Training

1979 Eric Marcus- Los Angeles, California
Gestalt training

1978 Research

1967 Phillips Academy at Andover, Massachusetts
Coursework in creative writing.

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