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Are you the type of person who
recognizes a need, say for new casual shoes, and then spend hours upon
hours shopping for just the right pair? Do you obsess over finding the best
shoes at a great price that fit perfectly and look stylish? Then,
after making a choice do you worry that you could have gotten a
better pair or a cheaper price and thus don't ever truly enjoy the shoes.
Or, do you run into the store and find the first pair that fit your criteria
and happily leave with your purchase?
I've been reading a book, The
Paradox of Choice that outlines the difference between maximizers and
satisficers. Maximizers are illustrated by the first
scenario. These individuals have a difficult time in modern society
because they insist on only choosing the "best" option from the many
hundreds they face each day. Satisficers, on the other hand, recognize
that "good enough" is good enough and quickly make choices regarding
[Humor] In a sometimes-futile attempt to keep up to date with diabetes news, I scan at least the titles of about 40 blogs every day, plus the table of contents from almost 40 scientific journals when they come out. Diabetes news is coming so fast and furiously these days that it's sometimes really overwhelming, and I need to take a break to laugh. Sometimes the titles of news reports do just that for me. Here are a few of them, along with my thoughts in italic: Difference Between Fish and Humans Um, actually, I don't need a scientific study to figure that one out. US -- Russia Polar Bear Treaty ratified We're having so much trouble getting along with other nations. I'm glad at least the polar bears are making peace. Endangered Wild Ox Given Lifeline Isn't that one of those things you wear around your neck so you can say, "Help! I've fallen and a lion is eating me." Mental Disorders Are...
Living with diabetes has its moments… maybe I should say memories. When I was diagnosed my parents struggled for a bit with, “My 5 year old is diagnosed with what?” My father thought I ate too much sugar and my mother sat in silence taking it all in and assessing.
While my father had a very hard time dealing with his grief over my situation, my mother, true to form, sprung into action. She talked with our pediatrician who had made the diagnosis, and he assured her if any little girl were to thrive in life it would be me, because of my mother’s strength and ability as a parent. My mother, by profession, was a social worker and as she waded through the information, she decided how she could best help me emotionally. For her, the job was clear, figure out how to help me be independent.
For my father, his direction was far less clear. As a matter of fact, he emotionally had a hard time figuring out what to do for me. My mothe...
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