A Prayer You Don’t Want

Worry is a prayer for what you don’t want. — John Assarf, The Answer.

It seems the only news is about the virus, and very little of it is good. Suzy decided I needed a good pick me up, so she gave me an article that including the quote above. She knew that my lawyerly “what if” brain was working overtime contemplating things like “what if the economy tanks?”; “what is going to happen to our children?”; etc. It is natural for most of us to immediately go to the worst “what if’s” rather than considering the best possible outcome.

The article reminded me that “the world is designed with the duality of what is and what isn’t in every situation.” For every negative possible outcome in my future there is an equally positive outcome. It is up to me to always consider every positive as much as I worry about the negative.

In sports you are taught to believe in the best result so much so it becomes reality. I need to take that same attitude to the current situation.


About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.


  1. Mr. Hubbell,
    Your piece brought to mind a couple of favorites of mine that supports your point:
    A) My friend John Crosson always admonishes: “Remember, no matter how flat the pancake, there are always 2 sides.”, and,
    B) the following is quite succinct, then points to your call to action. Hope you like it.
    Law Of Opposites
    Have you ever paid any attention to the idea that there are “two sides to everything?” Think of how often you have heard that.
    * Look at your hand. It has a front and a back side.
    * Your body has a right and a left side.
    * The automobile or room you are in has an inside and an outside.
    * You couldn’t possibly have one without the other.
    This is an orderly universe, of which you are a part. The whole universe is governed by laws.
    If you have watched The Secret you heard me quote the father of the space program, the late Dr. Warner Von Braun who said the natural laws of the universe are so precise that we do not have any difficulty today building a space ship, sending a person to the moon and timing the landing with the precision of a fraction of a second.
    The law I am referring to today is the Law of Polarity or the Law of Opposites.
    * If it is a long way up to the top of a building, it must be a long way down.
    * If it is a mile from point A to point B, it must be a mile from point B to point A.
    * They are not only opposite, they are equal and opposite.
    Everything that happens in your life today will either appear negative or positive. Keep in mind whatever happens must have a positive side to it.
    A large majority of the population seems to be mentally programmed to pay attention to the negative side of life and unfortunately, ignore the positive.
    Make a decision right now that, regardless of what happens today, you are going to look for the positive aspect of what’s happening. Remember… every cloud has a silver lining. Do this again tomorrow and the next day until it becomes a habit to see the positive in everything. You will feel better, you will be more productive, and you will have more friends.
    Bob Proctor
    Blessings to you & Suzie. Thanks for “The Pew”

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