Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Mirror Mirror on the Wall?
How we are feeling. What we're thinking.
If our thoughts are clouded with darkness and despair then the world is viewed through this lense.
If our thoughts are happy and hopeful then this in turn is how we perceive our world.
I guess it could be argued that emotions=thoughts=behavior. The end result is often not the desired outcome.
Emotions are strange things. They are suppose to signal us when something is wrong or something is right. They are sometimes, subtle, sometimes intense, and sometimes just plain difficult to tag a word to describe it.
What to do with them is the tricky part. Deal with them, shelf them, deny them, write about them. What is the best approach?
I guess we are all raised, and therefore wired differently. We all deal differently with our emotions. We come from different family upbringings. Our brains are hardwired differently. We may have done counseling and downloaded software to handle our emotions differently, but often revert back to what is innately familiar to us. What we learned as a child, young adult.
How we deal with our emotions is a huge predictor of success, in my opinion. The easy route is to be a hermit, live alone, never have to deal with any emotion. Status quo, no stress....
However, a fulfilling life is one filled with love, partnership, interdependence, and a continuous drive to self reflect and improve.
The only relevance this has to diabetes, is the fact that when thoughts are dark, mood is low, diabetes control tends to be left last on the list. I suggest not putting diabetes as a last priority, however, this has been my experience. It is necessary to be mentally healthy to manage diabetes. Just the way it goes.
The reflection in the mirror is a dark one today. Hopefully with a little Windex, and some time, reflection, understanding, the reflection will improve.
PS: I know this is a melancholy blog. Until I get a new mirror, my posts will cease to exist.