Monday, May 07, 2018

#52books Wemberly Worried

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#52Books – Wemberly Worried

Format: Hardcover, Children’s

Sometimes a children’s author nails it.

Kevin Henkes nailed not just the child’s experience of anxiety and worry, but also the adult’s.  The mental loop that many of us drag around for decades.

His illustration through a brief story of how telling someone to “stop worrying” doesn’t work. Even if you mean well. Even if you don’t see WHY they are so concerned.  It just makes the worrier feel more isolated and wrong.

His accurate depiction of a worrier’s internal dialog and his treatment of that dialog as somewhat normal versus something to be treated or medicalized.

His emphasis that there are others in the tribe.  That you are not alone.  That worrying is a common human condition and it is OK to be a bit more sensitive to changed surroundings.

I want to give this to every kid who has ever been accused of being too much of a worry-wart.

I want to give this to every risk manager and project manager to remind ourselves that we are not alone and that we can mentor these children to help them make their worry-ing a strength.

I want to give this to every adult who EVER told me to “stop worrying” – both as a child and as an adult.

I am where I am today because I was the kid who “worried too much.” I never quite grew out of it.  And I’m grateful for that.

If you, or someone you love, suffer from anxiety or depression – please give to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.  


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