You are more than your diabetes.

diabetes managment end of life live every day mindset Aug 16, 2022

Some of the worst ones were "I'm not enough", “I'm not okay who I am”, and “I need to be something else, somebody else.” With experience, I found that we can only be who we are. And that’s enough! The work and joy is to uncover all of the layers of ‘crap’ we have covered ourselves with to know who we are and let our light shine.

It’s easy to get caught up with your diabetes and how to get good blood sugar control. This is a part of who you are right now, but it isn’t WHO you are. I believe having a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes can either drag you down a dark rabbit hole of suffering OR it can be a wakeup call, an opportunity to ask yourself, “Is this what I want for the rest of my life?” Or do I want to live my life differently, relate to my body and myself differently?

I read an article about a woman who works with people at the end of their lives and she found two things: what people regret most and their greatest realization. The biggest regret is “I wish I had more time…” When I read that, I realized I have time NOW – will I make the most of it? The greatest realization is that “love is all there is.” How can I be more loving? I have to start with myself – with accepting and loving every aspect of myself.

With these two ideas in mind, what can I be, think or do differently to have the life I want, to ‘invent my own life’s meaning’ and live my best yet life?

How much energy do you want to use berating yourself for how your body looks or what others think of you? Changing the way you feel about yourself, loving yourself, creating a meaningful life for yourself, can lead to releasing burdens you may have been carrying all your life.

Imagine what it would feel like to experience the lightness and joy of freedom from this. It could change how you take care of yourself and in turn how you take care of your diabetes.

What about regrets? The things we didn’t do but wish we did. We can never know where a different path may have taken us. I could regret so much of what I’ve done or missed or refused in my life. But what’s the point? For all I know, I made the best choices for me at the time. I can resist these feelings or I can accept that all the experiences I had brought me to where I am now. You can decide “is this where I want to be?” If so, great. If not, make another choice.

It takes a lot of energy to live a life you don’t want or be someone you are not. How do you want to invest your energy?

Dr Elaine


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