Have you ever felt that living with diabetes was just too overwhelming? Me too. It seems like we’re constantly having information shoveled on top of us and we’ll soon be buried under the weight of it all. I’m going to share a story with you that might help to give us all a different perspective. (I tried to find the author but could not.)
One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. He finally decided that the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway. It just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They each grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later the farmer looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. As every shovel of dirt hit his back, the donkey did something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.
As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off.
We can use this same strategy! When the information being shoveled on top of you feels heavy, just shake it off and use that information to improve your situation. Learn how counting carbs or exercising can help you with your diabetes. Don’t let it overwhelm you, but instead, use that information to take a step up. We don’t have to learn everything at once but we can develop a library of information and resources to help build our own hill to get us out of the well.
Now, there’s more to my story. Every fable has a moral, don’t you know, so here is how this story ends:
The donkey later came back, caught the farmer out in the field and bit him.
When you try to cover your ass, it always comes back to bite you. :-)