Hi, all. Just a short blog this morning before I set off early for the most challenging part of my trip: taking a train from Loughborough to Nottingham, then another from Nottingham to Warrington, a journey of several hours. I haven’t used a train for many years, and have complex multiple fears of travelling alone, not coping, getting lost, changing trains, tunnels, panic, train toilets, no food, etc etc. However, it’s time to stop avoiding all these feared situations and to crack on with facing them head-on instead.
Along the way, I will use as many of my coping techniques as are necessary, including relaxation, contemplation, prayer, holding my wooden cross, music, distraction, reading, and writing down how I feel. In preparation for the whole experience, I’ll spend some time in silence before the day kicks off, because it really does make a difference to how I cope, as described in today’s short prayer:
May silent prayer
Return my fears to zero,
So I can face each day
With inner peace.