I was preoccupied with a very difficult crossword puzzle when I was hailed from the veranda by a very young friend who wanted to say hello. He took one look at my face and asked why I looked so worried!

I said that I was preoccupied with some mental gymnastics and nor worried and he simply could not fathom the difference between the two states of mind.  He insisted that being preoccupied with something is also worrying whereas I define worrying as indulging in morbid thoughts of negative developments in the future.  This cartoon I think explains it quite nicely.

Please click on the following image to get a larger resolution. I thank Mitch for this lead.

What do you think? Is being preoccupied with a puzzle the same as worrying?  The dictionary appears to support my contention though not quite in the same words.


I had a new bridge put in last week and all was well till this afternoon when I tried to chew some biscuits.  There was acute pain just below the new bridge and I sent this message to my dentist.  Being Sunday, it won’t be till at least tomorrow before she will see me, but I had to send the message to get in first in the queue.

“New bridge suddenly sore and painful while chewing.  When can you see me at the earliest?”

I am waiting for her response which will come only tomorrow after she checks her appointment book, but in the meanwhile one more instance of synchronicity! Mitch posts this on facebook! Please click on the image to a get a larger resolution.


Thanks Mitch.