I have been busy most of the summer. July was like a shark feeding frenzy. As my friends know I am very embedded in community work. In July I along with the other 8 Community Relations Presidents learned we were going to lose one of the most needed units in the police department. It took a month of phone calls and emails that ended with us in the Police Commissioners Board room getting the facts straight. Our unit was saved. Now we are working with the units Department Head revamping their job duties.
Next up was National Night Out events and working on our new Office in the community where I live. September came in with another Community Relations President presenting a work plan that will help officers build their own Crime Reduction Plan for the area they patrol. Together we wrote a questionnaire for the officers to complete that will help them build a crime reduction plan. We plan to present this to the Commissioner this month.
The idea was taken from the Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, Threat (SWOT) Analysis. After reading the information and learning the method is taught at one of the Universities here in Maryland, I started thinking about how it could be applied to a person with diabetes. The SWOT Analysis was written in the UK and is based on building a better business. I modified it to write the questionnaire.
I sat down and looked at it in the following manner as it applies to being a person with Diabetes.
I listed all of my strengths as a diabetic and I have a lot of them.
I know that I am a chocoholic in the worse way. I also have a habit of staying up till the wee hours reading, watching tv or grabbing my phone to play games in bed. I alternate between reading and playing games or responding to emails. I set a time limit and stick to it. I now get more rest.
The best thing to do is to list every weakness you have and find ways to either turn it into a strength or eliminate it all together. If you lack support or motivation learn self support and motivations. Works wonders for me.
Far too often opportunities are right in front of us and many people do not take advantage of them. If there is something I want to learn or do, I now take every chance I get to do it or learn it. Opportunities can come through information, meeting someone new or even asking questions of people you know. You never know what people know until you start talking to them.
Threats are obstacles you face from time to time. For example, Buffets/Parties. People won't go because they fear they won't have anything for them to eat. I can always find something to eat when I go to one of these places. Trying something knew. You don't know if you don't like something until you try it. Turn threats into opportunities.
I find that all of what I am applying is working for me.
As for surgery, the scar is almost invisible. I still have a partially paralyzed tongue and swallowing isn't so bad thanks to Steve's tips. My diabetes is in great control and I am still losing weight. I was stung on my eyelid by a mosquito and I ended up at the doctors with an eye infection. That cleared up last week after two weeks. I just visited Amazon's Free Book Section and loaded up on books for Fall. The puppy is now 50 lbs and 11 months old. Life is good so far.
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