Is this a picture of a bad day, or what?
I was listening to someone describe a perfectly horrible day about a week ago and something occurred to me.
Bad days are a part of life. How we face those days defines us.
We all know what to do with the good days, right? You enjoy them. Sometimes you take them for granted as if you will only have good days. I’ll let you in on a little secret: They all won’t be good days – however you define one.
For us Type 2’s a good day might be a lower glucose reading in the morning. Or, it might be the feel of the Sun on your face. Or, the opportunity to watch the clouds slide by as they caress the sky. It might be the smile of a child that makes your day great. Or, the purr of a well-tuned engine. It might be doing something kind for another; or, have it done for you. Or, it might be an entire day when the kids are with the in-laws – okay, that can be good on so many levels!
It doesn’t matter how you define a truly good day; what matters is that you recognize it for what it is.
I’ve listened to so many Type 2 Diabetics describe the worst day of their lives was when they were diagnosed. Let’s put this in perspective for a moment. You and I were told we have Diabetes. Yeah, we were scared. If you are anything like me, you start thinking about the possible complications from the disease. Having to be on meds. Changing my diet – it wasn’t that bad.. Exercise – yuk.
But, what can a Type 2 do that someone with cancer can’t? Control the disease. Yep, we can control Diabetes. So, the day I learned I had Diabetes was the day I started getting healthier; it turned out to be a blessing in disguise because I was not going to let Diabetes win. I was going to do everything I could not to be that person on dialysis, or have nerve damage…or any complication.
I declared War On Diabetes, it was just that simple. And, it is simple. Declare War and mean it. You can win. Sure, some days won’t go as you expect; and, there will be some truly bad days – but you can fight and control the Disease. If you can control a Disease – and you can – things have a way of getting into perspective and, at least for me, good days will out-number bad days.
What do you do when you have a bad day? You recognize it for what it is. A. Bad. Day. Tomorrow can be…will be better. It’s another chance to control Diabetes. Another chance to control diet…another chance to exercise. Another chance for success.
Which cat would you like to be?
I know there can be more to bad days. But, sometimes a simple approach is the best approach.
As always, thank you for reading.