Monday, June 9, 2008

Diabetes and Other People's Problems.

I was talking with my mother the other day. She and my step-father run their own business and have been having some trouble with a client. While I was talking with her, I kept saying, "I just hate to see you have to deal with this!"
And she said this to me, "There are people all over the world who have problems that I don't want. They deal with earthquakes and tornadoes and floods and sickness and many other horrible things. Even you; you live every day dealing with diabetes. I am just glad to have my problems. I don't want to deal with the problems of other people. I'll keep mine, thanks."
When she said that, I thought to myself how right that was. I have diabetes. I've had it most of my life. I live with it every day, every hour, every minute. But I am so very lucky. I have so many things that I am thankful for. And I certainly don't want anyone else's problems.
It was a reality check for me. My mom tends to be good at that.
It's a reminder that, even with diabetes, we have much to be thankful for.


Anonymous said...

Yep there is always something worse out there.

Scott K. Johnson said...

Sometimes an outside perspective can be so refreshing!

Donna said...

Your mom is a very smart lady. I like her way of thinking. :)

k2 said...

Your mom's one smart lady, and so are u! Thanks for the reminder.

Jillian said...

I'm constantly saying things similar to your mom's statement. I'm glad your mom was able to share the thought with you!