I was talking with a trusted friend, Chuck, about the value of looking outside of ourselves; of seeing a need and filling it. Or, of doing a random act of kindness. He told me how overwhelmed he is when folks do something kind he does not expect. What does this have to do with Diabetes? Please, read on.
It’s incredibly easy to get focused on ourselves as we fight our Wars On Diabetes. The War becomes central to our lives.
- What can I eat?
- Have I lost weight?
- Have I taken my meds today?
- I wish I could have that cupcake (or whatever).
- Did I exercise?
- What is my blood glucose number?
- Where is my A1c?
- Am I making progress?
- What else can I do?
- And on and on and on.
Your day can be full of those questions; they might even dominate your thoughts if you are just beginning your war. Heck, even if you are successfully fighting and controlling Diabetes or Prediabetes, those questions aren’t very far away, are they? And, really, they should be kind of close – there’s no doubt about that.
But, what do all of those questions and comments have in common? Go ahead and take another look. Yeah, they all have to do with Diabetes and your fight. But, that’s not my point. All of the statements and questions contain either “I” or “my.” Take another look. See it? And, again, you want to be asking those questions. But every one of them draws your eyes and thoughts inward; they are centered on you. Again, not a bad thing as you battle the disease.
When is the last time you looked around and saw folks who were in need? That maybe just needed a little bit of help at the moment – and you were there/ When is the last time you just did a kind act for another without expecting repayment of any kind? Look around. Look out. Take a good look at those around you wherever you are. There are things you can do everyday which will positively affect another’s life. And, I am not talking about giving money to some stranger.
- Maybe you can reach that can on the grocery shelf for that person who has a hard time reaching it.
- Maybe you can push that heavy cart out of the store for someone weaker.
- Maybe you can just give your neighbor flowers from your garden.
- Go crazy and buy the next person in line’s coffee in Starbucks.
- Maybe you can take your neighbor’s trash out to the curb.
- Maybe it’s just giving someone else a smile – that is very powerful and far more unexpected than you would ever imagine.
- Just a simple sincere please and thank you can make a difference in another’s day.
The list does go on and on and is only limited by your imagination. And, why would I bring this up on a Diabetes blog? You have got to be asking that question. First, because if just a few more folks did something nice for another, the world would be a nicer place.
And, second, when you do something nice for another, you feel good about yourself. And, when that happens; when you feel good about yourself, your War On Diabetes becomes easier. It just does. Trust me on this one.
Live a perfect day.
As always, thank you for reading.
(See, Chuck, I did use the conversation we had!)