“You saved my life.”
Ever say that to anyone? Maybe you were in a health crisis and they did save your life. Or maybe you were headed in the wrong direction, or feeling lower than you have ever felt before, and they said something that motivated to look at things differently, and helped you to turn yourself around. Or maybe they showed you some concern and kindness – or some tough love – that turned a light on for you.
The theme of the week for me has been support, and how just a few words, or a lot of words, at the right time and the right place can make such a difference in our lives. It seems like it has been on the mind of some of my clients. And on Diabetic Connect, somebody’s life probably gets saved on an hourly basis. That’s what support is all about.
I used to do something else for a living, and quite a few years ago a friend pulled aside and said: “What are you doing? It’s clear that you aren’t happy. You love helping people. What are you doing what you were meant to do?”
That wasn’t what I wanted to hear at the time. But it jarred me into reality and, soon after that, into making some major, and scary, life changes. Yes, she saved my life.
It seems to me that taking better care of ourselves, emotionally, physically, spiritually, often gets a jump start from a supportive person who reminds us of reality while also encouraging us to look at what is possible.
Has anyone made a difference in your life lately? Maybe given you that gentle shove into improved diabetic self-care? An attitude adjustment? Seeing the possibilities for your life?
What did they do or say that made such a difference for you? A little tough love thrown in?
Let’s inspire each other!
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