Newt stands behind Jacob, fastening the breastplate over him.

Jacob: Okay.

Newt: Now, there’s absolutely nothing for you to worry about.

Jacob: Tell me—has anyone ever believed you when you told them not to worry?

Newt: My philosophy is that worrying means you suffer twice.

Jacob digests Newt’s “wisdom.”  

Fantastic Beasts Original Screenplay, p. 131


As we enter 2017, or any new year, there is a great deal of excitement and trepidation. On the one hand, we have no clue what is going to happen, the opportunities for a better life are endless. On the other hand, we have no clue what is going to happen, the opportunities for pitfalls are endless.

In my opinion, Newt’s philosophy is the way to approach this new year and every new year (and day) to come—don’t worry about anything. Why suffer twice? If something bad is going to happen, worrying only makes it worse. If something bad is not going to happen, worrying only wastes your time and makes you feel miserable for nothing.

The Apostle Paul writes:

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:6-7 NLT

Don’t worry. Pray. Be at peace. Go forth and conquer!