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The Schism of Resolutions

“That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.  And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it” (First Cor. 12).

This is not meant as a religious post, but one relating to the biblical reference in terms of resolutions. It is easy for us with diabetes to resolve to change the way in which we take care of ourselves, especially after the debauchery of the holidays, of which I am certainly guilty. But before we embark on such changes, it is in our best interest to consider just how we intend to achieve them.

Having tunnel vision is good for getting one item completed: a project at home, unfinished business at work, meeting any deadline. But implementing such for changes in our lives is not a mindful approach. And anything we do to our bodies, if nothing else, should be dome with careful consideration.

That is why we must consider the entire body. How will all parts be affected: mind, spirit and self? For to change eating habits (less carb, no sweets, etc) or workout regime (begin one or switch) is to alter so much more than blood sugar levels. What tax does the rest of the body pay when we embark on ascetic routes? Do the benefits outweigh the detriments?

This is not to say that we should not change. I always begin this time of year with a writing prompt for my students about the concept of tabula rasa. I consider the same myself, and for this purpose you should as well. The blank slate will be filled, but not with just one change. It will reflect the newness of all aspects of our life in its new skin, so view it with that consideration. If you resolve to change, recognize the ripple effects before setting forth and then failing because of your lack of foresight. Let there be no schism.

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