"Don't be afraid." In one form or another, these words are repeated in the Bible 365 times (at least according to my pastor). 365 times for 365 days. Coincidence? Probably not.
Everyone has fears...many of them rooted in the future. Living with T1D, our fears about the future often involve our blood sugars, medications, or events that, quite frankly, are beyond our control. It's easy to be weighed down by the "what ifs?" But we aren't meant to be.
Our lives are meant to be lived with freedom and peace of mind. Case in point:
"For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline." -II Timothy 1:7
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." -Isaiah 41:10
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." -Jeremiah 29:11
Two things in particular have helped me let go of some of the daily fears associated with T1D:
1) Answering the "what if" questions.
We often ask ourselves hypotheticals but then stop at the question and forget about the answers. What if I took too much insulin for breakfast? What if I get stuck in this elevator and my blood sugar goes low? What if my insulin pump stops working when I'm away from home?
I've tried to turn these questions into a game and find answers. This helps me gain peace of mind, and then let the question go rather than ruminating. It also applies pretty well to other, non-T1D hypotheticals...What if my blind date is a dud? What if my jeans rip at school? You get the idea...
2) An affirmation: "I will not worry about things beyond my control."
There are only so many things we can devote energy to. Putting energy into things we have no control over is a non-sensible waste...yet we all do it. When I find myself getting wrapped up in fear, I repeat these words and they help me change gears toward the more rational attitude of #1 above.
What do you do to ease your worries about T1D's challenges or otherwise?
Happy Sunday, my friends...have a great week!