Everybody who has diabetes is going to change in the year 2013. The change coming to each of us will be significant or minor, planned or haphazard, for the better or for the worse.
But it’s coming, ready or not.
Change is an integral part of life. Scientists tell us that except for the neurons in our cerebral cortex the very cells that compose our bodies change every few years. Nothing is permanent and whatever lives changes more quickly and profoundly than inanimate objects.
We change our minds and habits a lot more often than our cells change. We can direct the change in what we do by putting our minds to it.
This is reason for the tradition of making New Year’s Resolutions. The trick is to keep the resolutions that we make so for us it’s not an empty, meaningless, and ultimately disappointing tradition.
We can start on the path to a healthier new year but setting aside a few minutes on New Year’s Day for reflecting on where we want to go and how we intend to get there. Each year a group that I belong to starts the near with the “Beginning Anew” ceremony, a ritual that Thich Nhat Hanh created to help us let go of the past and to set a clear, strong intention for the coming year.