Whenever I’m about to take a big trip, people ask if I’m all packed. “No, but the garage is clean and the attic is organized. I think I’ll straighten my sock drawer tonight.” What can I say? Purging and rearranging are my coping mechanisms for anxiety. There are worse ways to deal with it. No matter the method, the goal is to escape the negative ruminations swirling about in our minds.
Anxiety is mostly about fear - the dreaded “What if”, also known as catastrophizing. Faith and fear both demand we believe in something we cannot see. “What if” = fear. “Even if” = faith. There’s a quote that says, “fear does not stop death, it stops life”. So given the choice - and it is my choice - I choose faith. Just because I don’t see a way, doesn’t mean God doesn’t have a way.
The “even if” necklace is a reminder to all of us who struggle with anxiety that everything is going to be okay.
“In the end, everything will be okay. If it's not okay, it's not yet the end.” ~Fernando Sabino, translated from Portuguese
100% of the profits from the sale of this necklace will be donated to the JED Foundation.
“JED is a nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation's teens and young adults. We're partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs and systems. We're equipping teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other. We're encouraging community awareness, understanding and action for young adult mental health.” (excerpted from the JED Foundation website https://www.jedfoundation.org/who-we-are/)