When you try to dig with a dull shovel it bounces off the ground instead of cutting into the soil. If your diabetic tools are dull, they’re bouncing, too.
These two lovely ladies are my sister and me 40 years ago. I post this for inspiration. Sis and I were talking this morning and I admitted to her that I have been stopped lately by fear. Rather than take a chance on doing too much and becoming too tired/ill to do anything for several days I do nothing. Unfortunately this stretches to include taking care of myself. There are days when I literally eat nothing but toast and cheese for the entire day. I know this won’t upset my stomach, and it’s easy to fix. I avoid exercise because I fear the pain that can result if I do too much, even though I have a desire to get out and enjoy the beautiful fall weather. I’m not talking about sore muscles here. When I exert myself physically I can end up with a tummy ache that stretches from my diaphragm all the way through my colon.
And forget about housework. I try not to do anything that will make a mess so I don’t have to clean up. I need to go through a lot of stuff and do some organizing and a lot of tossing, but I avoid starting a project for fear that I will not be able to finish that project. Again, the physical exertion can lead to a lot of pain and many down days to recuperate.
Sis has challenged me and I challenged her back to improve on this situation – to conquer the fear. To begin we have pledged to make a to-do list with hierarchical rankings. There are a few things that have to be done every day. We will begin with those. Then when we are accomplishing these few things every day with some degree of confidence we will begin to add in the next level of activity – the things that really need to be done, but we can survive if we leave them out. As we become more comfortable at each level, we add in one more thing, always maintaining the hierarchy.
Moving from the general to the specific – my highest priorities are daily scripture study, daily prayer and meditation, daily exercise. I think I will stop at that level for a few days. Later I will add other tasks.We have chosen this forum to keep track of our progress and invite others to join us in sharpening your tools. That is what we consider this challenge – a chance to keep our tools sharp so as to make a clean cut.