“When one door closes another door opens;
But we so often look so long and so regretfully
Upon the closed door,
That we do not see the new worlds
Which open for us”
Alexander Graham Bell
I latched on to the above quote 17 years ago when I was in the midst of quitting smoking. I was about 6 months into my quit when I realized that I had to... and needed to... focus on the new life ahead instead of continuing to mourn the loss of my deadly companion. Mr. Bell's words of wisdom rang true once again last year when I was diagnosed as diabetic. It is his thinking that immediately caused me to look forward and in turn create this blog to make my life going forward as normal as possible under the circumstances. The understanding that my menu of the past was killing me allows me to sever ties with moderate ease. Now don't get me wrong, this shit is NOT easy... not in the least. There are days when I crave carbs like pasta and potatoes just like a drug dependency. I'll be honest... there are days when I cave as well... I am NOT perfect. As a man doing his best to keep that addict gene kept in check, though, I am able to keep in mind that the alternative, in a nutshell, is a premature death. My sister died before turning 60 years old. My father died at age 52. Those are some pretty strong motivators for me as I approach my 57th birthday in a couple months.
To front only the essential facts of life,
And see if I could not learn what it had to teach,
And not, when I came to die,
Discover that I have not lived.
I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear,
Nor did I wish to practice resignation,
Unless it was quite necessary.
I wanted to live deep and suck the marrow out of life..."
Henry David Thoreau
First time I read the above quote, I literally got goosebumps. Grabbing life and making it real.... understanding that we are but a fleeting moment in time as we walk our planet... and realizing just how precious the simplest things truly are... THAT... is living. This diabetes? It is something to be dealt with... period. It is not the end of the world, but instead a challenge to help myself by helping others. Through it all, I know that I can still look to Mother Earth and all her glorious beauty... and I can smile because life is worth living.
My latest favorite sums it all up for me. I'll yet you form your own interpretation on this one because... well... I have a couple of new recipes to try out! :-)
Some people feel the rain...
Others just get wet.
Blessed be, everyone...
May light, love and laughter be your constant companion.