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RE: [IPr] Challenges

Is anyone out there?  I have had no messages for several days?  Everything
Bonnie Richardson

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> Sent:	Saturday, August 12, 2000 11:28 AM
> To:	email @ redacted
> Subject:	[IPr] Challenges
> Sermon begins: (uh oh,  Randall needs to check his bg again...)
> One of the challenges that faces each of us who has diabetes is 
> the same type of puzzle that faces anyone with a serious medical
> condition or anyone who is watching the years spin by.  To be
> very blunt about it, we are faced with our own mortality and our
> weakness.   In our society to be seen as weak is often to become
> nothing more than roadkill as everyone rushes about seeking higher
> profits or chasing after phantom dreams of fulfillment.  Our recent
> discussion of the effect of our bg on our mental processes is a good
> example - for those of us who make our living by our minds, it is 
> frightening to face this kind of effect, and for those who make their
> living by their physical activity the impact on their endurance and 
> reaction times probably gives them the same type of sinking feeling
> in the pit of their stomach.  
> As Americans, we are born to the American Dream, nursed on ambition
> and weaned on greed.  Our idols are those with the "right stuff" - for
> exploration on the edge of space or in the middle of the capitalistic
> maw.  We envision the "self made" person who is independent of all,
> dependent on none and with determination on their face march victorious
> over the bodies of those who stand in their way...  
> and thus when we come face to face with our own mortality, knowing that if
> we mess up, if the pump has a mechanical failure, if the insulin
> manufacturer 
> or the test strip factory has a bad day we will at the very least have a
> very
> bad experience and at the worst could once and for all discover the 
> truth behind all of those Sunday School stories...  and we begin to take 
> stock of the limitations, boundary conditions and new fences and fears 
> that we see growing around us it will have an impact on us.  It is a
> multi-
> pronged impact, with physical, emotional and spiritual aspects.   In this
> fearful new world we must become more than we have been in the past in
> order to survive.  Not more arrogant or willful, but more aware.  Not more
> boastful or proud, but more thoughtful.  Not more demanding, but more 
> understanding, both of ourselves and others.  
> How can we do this?  It is a gradual process, and there are many paths
> that 
> some people claim are equally valid.  I won't argue that, yet, but what 
> matters is that we recognize our need to grow and begin to look both
> inside 
> and outside without bowing to fear, guilt or ignorance.
> In the book "From our Christian Heritage" stories are quoted about some of
> the early Egyptian monks.  One story goes like this:
> 	a monk asks Abba Sisoes, "What shall I do, Abba, for I have fallen?"
> 	The desert father replied, "Get up again."  The monk then said that
> he
> 	had fallen, gotten up, and had fallen again.  What now?  How many
> times
> 	do I get back up?  "Until you are taken up in either virtue or sin,"
> 	Abba Sosoes said, "for a man presents himself to judgment in the
> state
> 	in which he is found."
> How many of us are familiar with the saying, "Where ever you go, there you
> are"?  Whether our bg is high, low or perfect, we take the next step from 
> where we are at that moment.  We may be on course or off course, but each
> step may give us the opportunity to correct our path.  My prayer for 
> everyone on this list is that each of us will be given the wisdom we need 
> for each moment and all those little annoying decisions that we have to
> make
> to "close the loop" and keep our bg close to target.  I also pray that
> while
> our minds are sometimes occupied by this endeavor that we will also find
> the 
> time to see the other things that really matter and that we will be ready
> to face each day in the state that we are in, and ready to grow into 
> tomorrow. 
> (I climb off my pulpit, soapbox and email program... and hope everyone has
> a good weekend!)
> Rev. Randall Winchester
> WD4HVA (email @ redacted)
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