The story is told of a man who raised chickens, and among them was a rooster that occasionally crowed and greatly annoyed the next-door neighbour. Early one morning, disturbed and angry, he called the owner of the flock and made this complaint, “That miserable bird of yours keeps me up all night!””I don’t understand,” was the reply. “He hardly ever crows; but if he does, it’s never more than two or three times in a whole day.” The man quickly retorted, “That isn’t my problem. It’s not how often he does it that irritates me. It’s not knowing when he might, that keeps me awake.”
Many of us, like this ‘next-door neighbour’. borrow trouble by constantly fretting about the things we fear might occur; and ultimately most of the time they never even come to pass. Much worry about nothing!