Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Our Purpose

I finished off the Eckhart book and wanted to present my last note that I found fits well with diabetes and how we go about living with diabetes. Like mentioned before, accepting diabetes is crucial, but in the same breath accepting all that goes along with diabetes including getting angry, high and low blood sugar and the extra tasks that diabetes brings.  To finalize what I took from this book and applied to my diabetes life all started with this line which reads, "behind the sometimes seemingly random or even chaotic succession of events in our lives as well as in the world, lies concealed the unfolding of a higher order and purpose." 

To me this makes perfect sense, it is similar to the idea that everything happens for a reason, only I find this statement gives a little bit more hope. Knowing that, yes what just happened seems random (like a diagnosis) however, take that diagnosis and know that behind it all there is a purpose.  This can be applied to anything and of course I know Eckhart may have no predicted that a type 1 diabetic would take that sentence and splatter it on a blog and relate it to a diagnosis, but surely it makes sense to do that.

When I was diagnosed I didn't have time to think why me? It wasn't until later in the diagnosis did I start to ponder the question and honestly, from time to time I still think about it. Why would I get diagnosed with diabetes compared to the other millions of people who do not live with type 1 diabetes?  What makes me so special?  However, the more I go on with life as a diabetic, I have realized that there was some purpose behind the 'random act' of being diagnosed with diabetes. It wouldn't take long to write a list of reasons why diabetes has helped my life improve.

I would hope that parents of type 1 diabetics could also find hope in this statement made by Eckhart.  I hope that they too could realize that although their children were diagnosed - that isn't the end, diabetes doesn't go away, but at the same time, diabetes isn't a life sentence. There is so much good that can come from a diagnosis, you as a type 1 can get involved, meet new people, explore different career paths, start clubs or support groups etc.  or you as a parent of a type 1 can do all these things as well.

Sure, diabetes is a disease we all can get raging mad about, but at the same time, we cannot let diabetes take our every thought and turn it negative. We can work alongside the disease to prove that living with diabetes can give you lots of reasons to shine bright and keep smiling.


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