What are some of the words you live by?

By Nick1962 Latest Reply 2013-10-06 18:33:15 -0500
Started 2013-09-22 18:17:33 -0500

Like a lot of folks, over the years I’ve collected many quotes, quips, witticisms, axioms and idioms that seem to govern my life, outlook and habits. Many of them apply to diabetes management as well. Here’s a few of my favorites – what are some of yours?

“Some men see things as they are, and ask, “Why?”.
I dare to dream of things that never were, and ask “Why not?”
– George Bernard Shaw

“You are the only real obstacle in your path to a fulfilling life.”
– Les Brown

"The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bull**** story you keep telling yourself as to why you can't achieve it."
- Jordan Belfort

“NEVER GIVE-UP: “So many people can be responsible for your Success, but only you are responsible for your failure.”
– Unknown

“If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking till you do succeed.”
- Curly Howard

“I just eat healthier foods, exercise more consistently, and diabetes is simply nothing more than a word.”
- Jigsaw

26 replies

Set apart
Set apart 2013-09-27 07:17:33 -0500 Report

Live as if you will die today and dream as if you will live forever by James Dean. I know it sounds a bit harsh, but I think of how sometimes we waste so much time dwelling in self-pity. It's time to live and what a better time than today! Thanks Nick these are great!

Nick1962 2013-09-27 08:53:13 -0500 Report

You’re so right. If you go to bed with your day in order, not just physically, but mentally, the night’s dreams seem to be so much sweeter.

kittiebittie 2013-09-26 21:04:25 -0500 Report

Difference of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hears are open. -J.K Rowling, said by Dumbledore. I married a Norwegian (born and raised there) and I am American Italian-Sicilian. Love is beautiful. <3

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2013-09-26 11:03:18 -0500 Report

Here's one of my all-time favorites:
"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on."
-Robert Frost

That is certainly what we found when diabetes entered our lives. Life goes on. And we're going to get through this. But it's better to get through it together. Right?

Nick1962 2013-09-26 18:36:10 -0500 Report

Thanks John and you’re absolutely right. We’re all on this tour bus together and riding it to a hopefully decent destination. Scenery might not always be great or the road smooth, but if we’re lucky someone might share their Kit Kat bar or a nip off their flask along the way.

GabbyPA 2013-09-26 10:58:04 -0500 Report

I especially like the last one. Mine are too political to share, but one thing I strive to do is live a life of no regrets.

Nick1962 2013-09-26 18:39:03 -0500 Report

I look at regrets more as "teachable moments". That way like Dave below says "I'm glad I did" never becomes " I wish I had".

GabbyPA 2013-09-26 20:09:54 -0500 Report

Yes I like that one. It's kind of how I live. I am willing to try most anything because I never know if that is going to be my new passion or the "click" I needed. Besides, it's fun.

To me a regret is something I wanted to do but didn't. Learning from my (many) mistakes is never a place for regret, but as you say, a teachable moment.
"There is not good news or bad news....there is just news" ~Uguay~

Stuart1966 2013-09-25 18:10:51 -0500 Report

“Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.”
― H.L. Mencken

Nick1962 2013-09-26 07:44:43 -0500 Report

Almost like Will Roger's
"Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie' until you can find a rock."

Ky Lake Dave
Ky Lake Dave 2013-09-22 20:31:31 -0500 Report

Never take the ones you love for granted. Tell them you Love them every day in both words and deeds.

My personal mantra, I would rather say "I'm glad I did" than " I wish I had".

My father told me "If you're not rich, you can't afford to buy cheap".

My father told me this and it was not till I was a father that I understood it. " I may not always be right but I am never wrong".

My Dr said "Diet? You want a DIET? How about this, eat less and exercise more!" (It actually works)

haoleboy 2013-09-24 22:35:51 -0500 Report

never love something that can't love you back.

lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.

efficiency is concerned with doing things right, effectiveness with doing the right things

and finally from John Lennon: “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

Nick1962 2013-09-25 08:41:47 -0500 Report

I can identify with the Lennon quote. I’ve never been career minded, but have yet to be disappointed by the ones I’ve gotten myself into.

Nick1962 2013-09-23 07:56:52 -0500 Report

“I’m glad I did” versus “I wish I had” …… I’ll have to add that to my list.
Can’t tell you how many things I’ve failed at miserably that taught me how to succeed in the future.

cizzy21 2013-09-22 20:18:30 -0500 Report

The first couple that come to mind are - "This is the body God gave you, so take care of it as best you can." and "Mom, are you sure you brought the right baby home when I was born? I mean come on, I'm the only one out of your 4 children with diabetes!" (lol) I like all of the ones you listed Nick!