Getting a little tired of the hundreds of articles and diabetes news stories reminding you that you are at serious risk for eye problems, kidney disease and the loss of your fingers and toes?
We’re constantly hearing about the risks, the damage our bodies can endure if we don’t take care of ourselves. And it’s true that if you take care of yourself – really take care of yourself, really make diabetes a huge priority in your life – -that you can avoid and prevent these serious problems.
So we’re being asked to do our best every day for the rest of our lives (of course, I think they’ll find a cure before I’m 40… but I want to be healthy by the time they find that cure). Anyways, my point is, it’s a lot work, it’s a lot of responsibility to make your body run correctly every day for years and years.
And some days – the occasional overwhelming day – you just feel like it’s just too much to ask… so I have a suggestion.
You see, my grandfather really loved this anonymous poem titled “Just For Today”…
The idea is to just focus on today’s task, on today’s blood sugars and today’s healthy food and exercise. Don’t think about the fact that tomorrow you might have a high blood sugar. Don’t think about having to do it every day.
Just for today, I will aim for healthy blood sugars. I will eat healthy foods and exercise for at least thirty minutes. Just for today I will check my blood sugar before every meal and before I exercise. Just for today I will drink lots of water and take my vitamins!
It’s just for today…
It’s not nearly as eloquent as the poem (which I’ve copied below)…but I think you get my point, right? It’s okay if you can do it perfectly every day for the rest of your life. It’s okay if you mess up, but if you can start the next day with a fresh start and a fresh positive attitude, then you have that day to do it right!
When you’re not thinking about avoiding candy for an entire week, and just ONE DAY, it doesn’t seem so bad. Just for today, give it a try.
Just for Today
Just for today I will try to live through this day only and not tackle my whole life problem at once. I can do something for twelve hours that would appall me if I felt that I had to keep it up for a lifetime.
Just for today I will be happy. This assumes to be true what Abraham Lincoln said that, “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
Just for today I will adjust myself to what is, and not try to adjust everything to my own desires. I will take my “luck” as it comes and fit myself to it.
Just for today I will try to strengthen my mind. I will study. I will learn something useful. I will not be a mental loafer. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.
Just for today I will exercise my soul in three ways: I will do somebody a good turn and not get found out; if anybody knows of it, it will not count. I will do at least two things I don’t want to do – just for exercise. I will not show anyone that my feelings are hurt: they may be hurt, but today I will not show it.
Just for today I will be agreeable. I will look as well as I can, dress becomingly, talk low, act courteously, criticize not one bit, not find fault with anything, and not try to improve or regulate anybody but myself.
Just for today I will have a program. I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it. I will save myself from two pests: hurry and indecision.
Just for today I will have a quiet half hour all by myself, and relax. During this half hour, sometime, I will try to get a better perspective of my life.
Just for today I will be unafraid. Especially, I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful and to believe that as I give to the world, so the world will give to me.
Your turn, readers! How would you finish the prompt “Just for today…”? (Any responses - serious, humorous, etc. - are appreciated. We’ll put the best ones together in a poem and post it on the homepage).
Ginger Vieira has lived with Type 1 diabetes and Celiac disease since 1999, and fibromyalgia since 2014. She is the author of Pregnancy with Type 1 Diabetes & Dealing with Diabetes Burnout & Emotional Eating with Diabetes & Your Diabetes Science Experiment. Ginger creates content regularly for Diabetes Strong, Healthline, HealthCentral, DiabetesDaily, EverydayHealth and her YouTube channel. Her background includes a B.S. in professional writing, certifications in cognitive coaching, Ashtanga yoga, and personal training,with several records in drug-free powerlifting. She lives in Vermont with her husband, their two daughters, and their dog, Pedro.