There is no right or wrong, I guess. Just a difference in how we approach our own management of our diabetes,
In Adam Brown's book, "Bright Spots and Land Mines" the topic of family and loved ones support came up. He got an interesting opposing thought and it triggered a whole thought process for myself.
“Adam, I agree with everything you share in Bright Spots & Landmines except one thing: relying on loved ones for diabetes support. I don’t ever do this – it’s MY diabetes and MY burden to bear.”
That is the statement of an "Island" way of thinking. I feel this way sometimes and it helps me get through the ease of an excuse that "no one is supporting me, thus my failure to choose well and do the right things."
"One of my major mindset Bright Spots comes from loved ones, family, and friends: they lift my motivation when I feel deflated, help me make better food choices and avoid unhelpful options, provide a sounding board to vent frustrations, exercise with me, and even gently nudge me to relax (“Adam, it’s just a number; don’t be frustrated. I still love you”)."
This is the "Team" way of thinking and I exercise this one more than the prior. This helps me with accountability and keeps me on track much better.
So it seems I employ both of these ways. While it is my responsibility to take care to do the best I can do for myself. It is nice to have those I love show empathy and offer me help, even if a little misguided. At least it lets me know they care.
Do you use both of these or are you more one than the other?
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