Tea Time with Tiffany #19 - An upcoming trip & traveling by air with the Catholic Librarian!
Hi all! It's Thursday, and the end of the week is approaching (thank goodness). This semester has taken on an arduous quality, to be sure. Not relating to the semester per se, ironically, but in many ways I'll be glad to see Thanksgiving come and things settle down a bit. We're getting there, but in the mean time I'm doing my best to take things one at a time (translation: not borrow worry), and to savor joy in everything that I can. One of those things is my trip coming up on Friday to visit my sister, which I discuss in our next installment of:
This particular trip entails me getting onto one of those ominous tubes we call airplanes. ;-) I'm an anxious flyer, and so what do I do to soothe myself in such situations? View on, dear viewer...
Chaplets page. There are some recent additions, including the chaplet of St. John Paul II.
What do you all do to calm yourself down with you're anxious about something (like flying)? I'd love to hear your experiences. I look forward to your responses, and just an FYI that I won't be posting again until after I return from Maine on Tuesday. But Tuesday afternoon look for a lengthy recap post!
I totally hear ya about the flying thing (and the discomfort with being in tight spaces); although I'm married to a commercial airline pilot, I have always been a white knuckle flyer. It wasn't until our boys started growing up, moving away, and having children that I really got over it...because I had to, or I wouldn't see my sons or my grandchildren!!
And although I say I'm over it, flying still scares me. I don't like the sensation of taking off or landing. During take-off, I say the Memorare and the Unfailing Petition to St. Joseph I hold my St. Joseph prayer card (which I use as a book mark in whatever in-flight reading I have with me). I say prayers to my guardian angel (and the pilots' guardian angels, and the guardian angels of all the passengers on board!), prayers to St. Therese of Lisieux and St. Joseph of Cupertino. (I usually have my relic of St. Therese with me, too; but I've lent it to my brother-in-law, who is undergoing cancer treatments. So I'll be flying without my usual "wing man" next week, when we go out to see our oldest son and his family. [Chews fingernails nervously.])
My husband and I usually say a Rosary together on the way to the airport as well. Flying and praying: they go together like peas and carrots!
I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time, and I will pray for your safe travels!
Laura, thank you so much for this! I love the prayer suggestions! I'm totally with you in the takeoff & landing - my least favorite parts! I'm not afraid enough to not do it, but it sure is a challenge for me (white knuckle flyer, yes!)Delete