From Making All Things New by Henri Nouwen:
“One of the most notable characteristics of worrying is that it fragments our lives. The many things to do, to think about, to plan for, the many people to remember, to visit, or to talk with, the many causes to attack or defend, all these pull us apart and make us lose our center. Worrying causes us to be “all over the place,’ but seldom at home.”
Let that settle in a bit – “all over the place, but seldom at home.” I can’t help but think of the analogy of a merry-go-round. So long as I am settled into or near the center, the core, the ride is fairly smooth as the rotation (while still 360 degrees) seems much less unsettling than if hang around the periphery.