Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Hope, Joy and Peace: The Superheroes of 2011

HOPE: (verb) To wish for something with expectation of fulfillment. (Noun) The theological virtue defined as the desire and search for the future good, which is difficult, but not impossible with Gods help.

JOY: (noun) Intense or especially ecstatic or exultant happiness. (verb) To take great pleasure, rejoice.

PEACE: (noun) Inner contentment, serenity, peace of mind.

The feelings of the season. We see these words flashing through the bright store windows. They are hanging on our Christmas tree. They are sung in the holiday carols at church, and on the radio and in our homes.

These words embody my deepest wishes for 2011.

I want to have these feelings…not just one month a year, but all year round.

I want to remain hopeful come January.

I want to continually find joy in the New Year and beyond.

I yearn for inner peace every day of the year.

I’ve learned the hard way that life isn’t just about enduring. It is about LIVING.

And I want to LIVE.

I don’t want to lose hope in tomorrow. I don’t want the unknown to eat at my edges.

I don’t want to have ‘no joy.’ I’ve been there…and it is as miserable as it sounds. I am a firm believer that men are that they might find joy. We need to find a way to be happy in our current circumstances. OR, we need to find a way to change our current circumstances to find our happy.

I want to let go of the inner turmoil. I want to have peace of mind. I want to remember that the bad times do not last forever…that good times are always right around the corner.

Hope, Joy and Peace...save me holiday Superheroes! Help me find a brighter path through 2011!

Sure, some days I need to put my head down and just plain endure…but I have to remember that sometimes I need to raise my head on my own power…raise my head and SEE the beauty that is around me. SEE that this is my day…my time to mother. Our children are only children once and I don’t want mine remembering a mother that was miserable and simply endured the day to day. I want my boys to look back and see a mother who put the bad numbers behind her immediately…who didn’t let guilt rule her life. A mother who didn’t lament her child’s loss of insulin producing beta cells every day of the year…but instead, gloried in the fact that she can administer insulin for them…and they will LIVE.

And because they live…I want them to live life to the fullest, and I want to live life to the fullest.

There is a quote that says “90% of what we worry about never comes to pass.”

It is a big ol' fat waste of time to spend day after day in constant worry of what ‘could’ happen…when we can save that worry for a time when that something ‘actually’ happens.

Another quote says, “More damage is done by worrying, then what is being worried about.”

True dat.

So I look forward to 2011 with my greatest wishes being:

* To remain hopeful.

* To find joy always.

* To nurture my inner peace in the day to day diabetes grind.

I pray that the feelings of the season remain with me. I pray that when I do worry, (because it is inevitable,) that I will consciously make an effort to lift my head up out of the fog.

I pray that I when I force my head up, I will look at those around me and realize how lucky I am. Every day of the year.

I am blessed. This year, I hope I never lose sight of that...even when I do have a legitimate something to worry about.

On a side note: Thank you for making this such a memorable year for me. Thank you for being my friend. Thank you for your love and support in your comments, you have no idea how much they mean to me. They fuel me...they carry me through the day to day diabetes grind. I have shed many tears reading your kind and helpful words. Thank you for your wonderful giving hearts. Thank you to those who write blogs. Your words bring me peace...knowing I'm not alone in all of this is priceless. This is a rare Christmas when most of my brothers and sisters and their families will be in town for the next week and a half. I'm going to be busy catching up with them and playing with my beyond adorable nieces and nephews. So if I'm unable to pop on before then:

Merry Christmas!


  1. "Da-da-da-dah"! (that's my lame attempt and a muscial intro for SuperHeros Joy, Peace and Hope)

    "Here we are to save the day!" (fist in the air .... quick, who is it?)

    "Peace: I am a bridge!"
    "Hope: I am a cloud!"
    "Wonder twin powers, ACTIVATE!"

    "It's a bird, It's a Plane, It's SuperJoy to the rescue!"

    I love this post, Meri.

    Like I always say, it's about the journey, not the destination. I make it my personal mission to find 'joy' in everything. Kind of like Where's Waldo, but intead, Where's Joy!

    Love ya lady, Merry Christmas!!!!!

  2. Thank you for writing wonderful words that always bring me joy and hope.
    And thank you for being my friend!
    Kelly K

  3. As far as the worry - I've learned that I need to PRAY when I want to worry. Worry is inaction - it doesn't do any good. PRAYER is action - it is giving those cares to God who understands them better than anyone anyway, and HE is likely the only one that CAN do something about them. (Sometimes my prayer is "just give me peace Lord!")

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Meri! I have been so blessed to have you in my online life this year!

  4. "I don't want the unknown eat at my edges". WOW! That can not be more true.

    Thank you, Meri, for being here to support us. Your words can not be better written to lift the spirits of us when we are down and encourage us when we are unsure.

    I am grateful to have you in my life.

    Merry Christmas my friend :)

  5. Merry Christmas to you too, my sweet friend!

  6. Merry Christmas to you! Enjoy all the holiday fun with the extended family and those lovely boys that surround you, too! Thanks for a reminder about the power of three simple things.

  7. Thank you so much for your beautiful post, Meri! This one is much-needed for many of us during the Christmas season. It can be a rough time and having reminders of the joy, hope, and peace of the season really helps to bring us all back to where we should be! Merry Christmas, my beautiful friend!

  8. Merry Christmas Superhero Meri! Thank you for writing. Thank you for commenting. Thank you for being a rock in the DOC. I appreciate all that you have done for me in 2010. I started Beta Buddies at the end of January 2010 and you were one of my first friends (I think after Jen from I Am Your Pancreas)...and you have always remained a faithful friend and lifted me when I was down. I love you and look forward to meeting you IRL someday....hopefully in the not-too-distant future.

    Here is to hope, peace, and joy to you and your in 2011!!!

  9. You have such a way with words, great post my friend! I think the past 9 months since dx, I have been enduring and I hope that I LIVE more in 2011! Thanks for always being so encouraging and uplifting! I love you! Merry Christmas!

  10. Merry Christmas to you and your family Meri! What a beautiful post you wrote! Life is definitely GOOD! Kim

  11. Great post Meri, as always! Thank you!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. I know that all together we will be able to keep the hope and joy and find the peace we all want and need.

  12. Thank you sweet Meri for your encouragement this past year.

    Your posts always put a smile on my face.

    And thanks to you, I finally realized that numbers are information. Not good or bad. That was a life-changing lesson for me!!

    Merry Christmas!

  13. You bring me Hope, Joy and Peace - you are a blessing in my life.

    Merry Christmas!

  14. Hope is so frequently misunderstood. It's not merely wishing for something to happen. You can wish a bad situation was a bad dream, but you hope things will turn around and work for the best. I love the word and have it tattooed on my wrist.

    So glad to hear someone else gives it the recognition it deserves...I've actually debated and I guess even stood up for "hope" when I hear people discredit it's strength.

    A hope, joy and peace full year would be wonderful.

    Happy Christmas

  15. True dat! ;) youre amazing and I wish you the most blessed holiday!

  16. Thank you for the inspiring post Meri! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  17. Wow. What an amazing post. And it is just what God has been trying to teach for two years through my diabetic son. And only a true "Veteran" of Diabetes would have so much wisdom.

  18. Love you, Meri! I'm a worrier... but I'm going to do my best to remember this! I may visit you frequently!


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