2019-02-21 Always Look On the Bright Side of Life

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Thursday, February 21, 2019


To anyone familiar with Monty Python, I'm sorry for getting that song stuck in your head.

To anyone who has no idea what I'm talking about and looks it up on YouTube: Welcome to the wide, wacky world of British comedy!

My dad used to sing this snatch of song to us whenever we were complaining about something trivial. Well, trivial to him.


It was a somewhat tongue-in-cheek reminder that while it is always possible to find things to complain about, it is equally possible to find something positive, even in the most difficult of circumstances.

British humor on the subject notwithstanding, I've been thinking a lot about this way of looking at life, especially after finding out how close I am to being diabetic. Something kind of switched in my attitude about it over the last couple of days. I thought I was staring down a lifetime of never eating the treats my kids cook up, or never having waffles for breakfast again.

I realized, though, that I can still have those things, but I need to plan for and around them. Tuesday night, my son had chosen to make a Boston Cream pie, in honor of his favorite doughnut. I had made one as his birthday cake two birthdays ago, and now he wanted to give it a shot himself. He was so proud of his creation, especially his decision to make a white chocolate glaze instead of a dark chocolate one, as he loves white chocolate. He wanted to share his creation with our whole little family. I was attending a class at the library that night, so I had to leave before we got to the dessert part of dinner, but he was really looking forward to having me try what we'd both worked so hard on last night.

So I figured out how to make it work - I planned to take a tiny sliver, pair it with a high-fiber, high-protein/fat dinner, and top it with strawberries, then follow dinner up with a 15-minute walk to help mitigate the blood sugar hit.

Everyone ended up joining me on the walk, in the sleet, cold, and wind! It reminded me again that this journey isn't one of deprivation, but of reworking my diet and activity levels to match what my body needs for me to also enjoy my life. And that most of the time, the people in my life who matter, would much rather join me on the journey than watch from the sidelines.

Always look on the bright side of life, indeed.
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