The Chains We Forge


The plot unfolds with a visit by the tormented ghost of Jacob Marley, Ebenezer Scrooge’s former business partner. Marley’s condemned soul must wander for eternity dragging a long and incredibly heavy metal chain of his own personal misdeeds and beliefs.

Marley howls to the miserly Scrooge “I wear the chain I forged in life! I made it link by link and yard by yard! I [made] it of my own free will and by my own free will, I wore it!”

The symbolism behind Jacob Marley’s immense chain reminds me of the chains of choice we all forge in life regarding our health and diabetes. In reality, each of us carries these invisible chains in daily life. They’re the chains of habit. But unlike Marley, I believe our chains can also lift us up as well as pull us down.