Diabetes is a word I have heard all of my life. As a young child I thought a big blog of sugar was coming to get us all. As an adult I realize that my childhood understanding was not too far off beat. My mother, father and one of my brothers were diagnosed with diabetes.
I am not a medical doctor and do not know all of the technical jargon. I do, however, understand how the prevalence of this chronic and incurable disease. According to the Centers of Disease Control, diabetes is a disease where the blood glucose levels are above normal. A person with prediabetes has a blood sugar level higher than normal, but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. He or she is at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems, including heart disease, and stroke. Without lifestyle changes to improve their health, 15% to 30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.
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“Success is to live life openly, authentically, and lovingly in a way that is aligned with the highest good of self and others.” Joyce Marter
However we define success, we intuitively know that any level of success comes from action which comes directly from a set of specific skills. The term, Life Skills is defined in the oxford online dictionary as a skill that is necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life. I am utterly amazed at how many skills I have to teach my son. I mistakenly thought he would just wake up and have all of the tools he needed to be successful in life. (Joking)
I grew up in a financially poor yet loving, supportive home environment, served honorably in the US Army for over 26 years, retired in the military rank of colonel and earned two Masters Degrees and still I lack some life skills. After achieving a measure of success in...
The longer I live the more I seek to learn.
I am consistently looking for the lesson of the day. I am intentional about being of service to others routinely. I often find myself observing how people act when they do not get their way. I have concluded that this is when we are most authentic. I gravitate to people who consistently provide a valuable service to others, while demonstrating great skill at their chosen profession or life’s work.
My siblings and I are fortunate to have had Hattie Mae as our mother, mentor, fan, critic and nurturer. She taught each of us different lessons. She taught me to always to do my best. She would often say, Angela if you sweep the floor, then I expect that it is the best swept floor ever. She valued formal education as well as proven life skills.
In 2015, I found myself on my knees (so to speak) more often then anytime in my life. I experienced personal loss and health setbacks as the year...