A friend of mine who loathes airplane travel shared this story with me recently. He was traveling across the country when the plane encountered the most violent, stomach-churning turbulence he had ever felt. As all the passengers were buffeted by this intense, white-knuckle experience, he noticed that the woman sitting next to him was sound asleep, totally oblivious to the situation and peacefully unaware of the potentially fatal events unfolding around her.
Happily, the plane passed through this tumult to come to a safe and uneventful landing at its destination. As it touched down on the tarmac, the woman finally arose from her slumber.
My friend was incredulous. “Lady!” – he exclaimed. “We almost died and you slept through the whole thing!”
Her simple, wide-eyed response put the entire adventure into perspective: “I can’t fly this plane!”
The morale of this true story is clear. Don’t waste time and energy worrying about things over which you have no control.