I am trying to come up with benefits to having diabetes, so that when things get tough, I can think of them and they can give me strength.
One benefit that I have come up with is that I have developed a sense of compassion.
I had an eye-opening experience the other day listening to someone make light of a person that had a mental disorder. They were using them as the butt of a joke. Having a mental disorder myself, unknown to them, I did not think the comments were funny, although I was not offended.
I thought about the exchange for a few days, and I wondered if I should say anything about it. The person was in a higher position, but worked with the mentally ill on a daily basis.The next time I met with them, I brought up the topic and the person became angry and defensive, but also kind of nervous. They told me they were just trying to be funny.
I asked them if they thought the situation the person was in was really funny, and they said yes. I asked, ''don't you think it is kind of not really that funny. . . if your really think about it?" Suddenly it was like a light bulb lit up over this person's head. They asked me what I felt about the joke and I said," empathy" This person's whole demeanor changed and they became sheepish and regretful. I felt a sense of pride and happiness within myself that I possessed empathy and that another person had realized it.
I have been thinking about this for a few days and drawing a parallel between this and having diabetes.I ask myself truly, if having diabetes make me a more sensitive, compassionate and understanding person when it comes to feeling another's pain? For me the answer is yes, and personally having empathy for others is a quality that I want to possess. So I have found one benefit to being diabetic.