From the Minister
Back in my days as a business news reporter, I came across a saying I’ve shared with many of you: “Anxiety is interest paid on trouble before it’s due.”
It struck me as absolutely true, and then, the more I thought about it over the years, mostly true, and then, as I thought about it more closely this month, not true enough often enough to be helpful. To start with, interest payments are agreed to ahead of time and scheduled. I’ve never experienced anxiety to be that orderly. Have you?
The saying also implies that if we could suppress anxiety about the future, much of what we imagine as trouble won’t come to pass. But I’ve come to see anxiety at its best as the hallmark of creative foresight attached to caring about outcomes. I want to be around people who care enough to be anxious. It’s preferable to indifference, ignorance, or willful blindness, however uncomfortable. Read More about “From the Minister”…