This attitude button is something I’ve been thinking about for a while.
Could I do more? Instead of wishing I felt better, would it work to just get on with living regardless of how I feel? If I already feel crummy, I might as well get something accomplished!
I’ve been thinking about what I might do differently. Better balanced meals? More time with my family and less on the computer? Get back to exercising daily instead of sporadically? In the midst of pondering what changes to make, I read a couple interesting blogs.
First, Wren (RheumaBlog) got all riled up. Yes, I know I should probably eat better, and I could even lose a few pounds. I told myself I’d get right on it – right after all the Christmas cookies and candy were gone.
The real problem is that congress is thinking of short-term political gain while sabotaging the long-term…
Then I realized something: I do the same thing in my personal life. I am trying to eat better and exercise, but that brownie in the break room looks awfully tempting. A little indulgence now won’t hurt in the long-run, will it? I start playing that damned Bejeweled game on Facebook instead of working around the house…
Living my life making decisions based on my immediate feelings is the same stupidity that infects congress. I indulge for personal gain in the short-term and let tomorrow’s crisis build. I have had people younger than me have heart attacks and die; do I really want my last night on earth be spent playing Bejeweled? Worse yet, if I survive and keep acting in this way, do I really want the measure of my life be how many brownies I eat or what my high score is on a game? It’s not that I don’t realize I should spend my days better; it’s just human nature that thinks in the now in ways that harm the future.
Ouch. Food and time management in the same post. Maybe we could just point fingers at Congress.
As I pondered the topic further, the Arthritis Today e-zine had an article that pointed out one of the things I’ve been thinking about: now that I’ve figured out what this stupid disease is (sort of), it’s time to move on and live my life while I still have one.
Believe it or not, yesterday I found yet another pertinent post. Whitecoat, who usually blogs about emergency medicine, had an interesting take on living with disease.
Please go read the links. Let me know what you think.