A mantra is defined as:
- a sound, word, or phrase that is repeated by someone who is praying or meditating
- a word or phrase that is repeated often or that expresses someone’s basic beliefs
When my daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and long before I ever knew that the D.O.C. existed or that there were blogs about type 1 diabetes there were a few of these mantra’s that we would mention. After I found the D.O.C. a few years into this journey, I found that a few others have also used them as their mantra’s. However, right now, I can only think of the following one.
One of my favorites since starting this journey with Little Miss is, “It never gets easier, you just get better!” I’ve since found out that it is part of Stick With It Sugar’s name. Maybe even the catch phrase or mantra over there.
We also use catch phrases/mantras like:
- You’ve got this! / You can do it!
- Never give up!
- Diabetes won’t stop you!
- Give it all you’ve got!
- Hakuna Matata! A great mantra from Lion King! 🙂
Little Miss also likes the phrase “Peace, Love and Diabetes!” She learned that one at camp and has a t-shirt with that saying on it.
We tend to break into song quite often in our family. And sometimes we turn the song into something powerful like we did for our walk video to Katy Perry’s “Roar!” – we did a parody and called it Cure!. Sometimes it just something off the wall and silly like the hit song of “What does the fox say?” we have started singing “What does the Dex say?” and putting the beeps for the alerts (high, low, fall, rise, calibrate and out of range) into it.
Sometimes, it’s the silly stuff that helps get you through the hard times. Looking back at where we’ve been and how far we’ve come are always reminders of the strength you have when you feel like it’s you against the world. Finding something positive in what you are struggling with, doesn’t make things easier or better, but it does help you push forward.