I was thinking this morning, that my last couple of posts could perhaps be seen as a bit "pollyanna". Look on the bright side, and all that. If they've come across that way, that's not how I meant them. I've been feeling a bit, well, in a word, vulnerable, lately. I'm sure it has to do with the post surgical, healing process, coupled with ongoing shoulder stuff, and unending diabetes, not to mention that fact that I took a silly fall during the recent snowstorm (we don't get how to act in snow in my neck of the woods). There is something about the body feeling weak or injured or in pain, that contributes to this feeling of vulnerability. I know in my head that I'm ok, but somewhere deeper in the animal part of my brain and body, I feel wary. Once all the surgery stuff heals, and I get ahead of the shoulder strengthening (and the pain that accompanies that), I still have diabetes. And that's where the last couple of posts come in. Trying to figure out how to make the best of that fact. Doing what I can, where I can.
So in the spirit of that, I'm going to add a new category called what helps. It's one thing to say I want more joy. It's another to actively go out and do it. So I'm going to start noticing what helps me more, so that on those harder days, I have a list to remind me of what might help.
But I'm only one person and though I'll come up with some good ideas, it suddently occured to me that there are lot's of smart, creative and generous people in the OC who have some proven ideas too. So, in the spirit of the collective wisdom of the crowd, if you feel so inclined sometime, would you let me know what helps you in dealing with your diabetes, in minimizing the negative impact, in finding more joy? No pressure here, just if a thought occurs and you feel like sharing it, I'd love to hear. At the end of the day, I know I'll learn something new. I also know that in the process of focusing on what helps, I'll feel stronger, lighter and a lot less vulnerable. And I know that will help a lot.