Attitude – if you had diabetes, would you consider it a blessing or a curse?

I teach. I mentor. I coach. I consult. And yet, more often than not, I am the student. I am so fortunate to have really great people in my life. Today, I want to tell you about one of those people. He was diagnosed with diabetes from a very young age. For those unfamiliar with the disorder, life is much more challenging for diabetics than those of us “blessed” (???) to be free of the disorder. Let’s just say there are those in my family that have it and I’ve always been glad I did not. Until a week ago when visiting with this friend. He is an amazing person and has accomplished great things already in his life even though he has so much more life in front of him. He believes that having this disorder, diabetes, has been a…blessing, not a curse. Initially, I found that hard to fathom. I get upset when I get a common cold; and colds go away in a few days. But, to be saddled with a disorder that will change my life…forever?! How could it be a blessing?

As with many things, it is about attitude. My friend accepted the challenge and now uses what he knows to help others. It gave him a purpose…to help those who are also saddled with diabetes live meaningful, fulfilling lives in spite of the disorder.

I often talk about the need to live with an Abundance Mentality. I’m at a loss to come up with a better, more simple explanation than the one I am sharing today. To suffer with the circumstances of our lives, to live with them such that we learn how to help others live better. That’s attitude that makes a positive difference.

In the next week, I ask you to think of a challenge in your life. Discern what this challenge is trying to teach you or help you do. I’d love to hear what you find out…send me a note.

Until then, live with an Abundance Mentality, Concentrate on Priorities, and Earnestly Pursue your Purpose with Passion!

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