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Type 2 Diabetes – Are You Taking Care of Your Health?

Friday, September 15th, 2017

It is time to start caring for your health. This advice may serve as a reminder. It may seem like a warning, and it is. The consequences of neglecting your health are costly, and the risk is simply not worth taking. If you are already on track, allow this to be additional reinforcement for your health journey.

We hope you are not currently dealing with anything too serious healthwise. It is better to be in a position where you can act to prevent a health issue than it is to have to treat an illness. Realistically, however, many will be dealing with a condition, or at the very least, an issue that requires attention.

Being overweight or obese is one example. High blood pressure and high blood cholesterol are others. And Type 2 diabetes is also relevant.

Type 2 diabetes may be the most concerning issue out of the above. This is because it has the potential to exacerbate and cause a varied set of health problems. The damage inflicted by high blood sugar levels is not only gradual, but it also occurs in multiple areas. Unlike high blood cholesterol, which mostly affects the cardiovascular system, Type 2 diabetes damages organs like the eyes and kidneys, and the cardiovascular and nervous systems. It can even impair sexual function.

Caring about your health constitutes diabetes prevention. But don’t fret if you already have received a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis because treatment is within the same scope. Both treatment and prevention are not beyond you.

The consequences of neglecting your health, however, are unfortunately relevant if you take your well-being for granted. It may not be clear to you, but you do have a choice in all of this. Some Type 2 diabetics think their disease is out of their control – that it must have somehow fallen upon them. But Type 2 diabetes is almost entirely self-inflicted. So if you had a part to play in its development, you could still influence it today, even if it has been present in your body for years.

The tragedy in all of this is not necessarily being a victim to Type 2 diabetes. Misfortune may occur no matter what some of us do. The real shame is in doing little or nothing when the risk is real, and there is an opportunity to set things straight. By caring for your health, you will make the most of your situation. You will improve your circumstances. This is essential because the consequences of neglecting your well-being can be deadly.

Spiritual Hope

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Where is our spiritual hope?

How do we surmount the panacea facing us on a daily basis? We have to deal with North Korea, Charlottesville, Neo-Nazis, and white supremacists. In the face of all of this, where is our hope? How can we build a spiritual foundation that produces joy and happiness? How can we inculcate our children with hope-filled messages.

I have the privilege of conducting a class for children in our local center for spiritual Living. We had a small class this morning. One child came. I was a little worried about filling up an hour of discussion with one attendee. I need not have worried. Marcus found a stack of fifty cards with a spiritual quality on each card. Needless to say, we did not get through all fifty. We got through ten, All ten had elements of spiritual hope.

  1. Forgiveness: Know that words only hurt if we let them. What is the worst thing that can happen if someone insults you?
  2. Going from anger to peace. Use music to calm your spirit.
  3. Going from sad to happy. Talk about your feelings with someone you trust.
  4. Going from despair to hope. Put your focus on positive thoughts.
  5. Clarity: Be clear about your intentions and your desires
  6. Love: The greatest gift is to love your enemies.
  7. Purpose: Know what your life purpose is and live accordingly.
  8. Right Action: Let your actions reflect your thoughts.
  9. Right Thought: let your thoughts reflect your beliefs.
  10. Integrity: Live a life of fulfillment and integrity. All ten beget spiritual hope. Wisdom is not a respecter of age. A twelve year old taught a 73 year old today. We can all learn from each other. The world would be a much better place if we recognized the learning potential that spans racial identity, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs. What is we learned to respect the beliefs inherent in all faiths? What if we acknowledged the exchange of ideas between races? What if we learned to respect the rights of others to hold beliefs different from ours? No one faith is superior to another. No age is superior to another. And no race is superior to another. We are different. We are on divergent paths developmentally, and we are separate in many ways. All things considered, we are all bound together in our humanity, in our desire to be fulfilled, and in our quest for hope. Let the pursuit of spiritual hope move us upward and forward.