Trying Something New

Just Joyce
By Just Joyce Latest Reply 2014-10-18 12:50:46 -0500
Started 2014-10-07 21:06:01 -0500

I have been busy most of the summer. July was like a shark feeding frenzy. As my friends know I am very embedded in community work. In July I along with the other 8 Community Relations Presidents learned we were going to lose one of the most needed units in the police department. It took a month of phone calls and emails that ended with us in the Police Commissioners Board room getting the facts straight. Our unit was saved. Now we are working with the units Department Head revamping their job duties.

Next up was National Night Out events and working on our new Office in the community where I live. September came in with another Community Relations President presenting a work plan that will help officers build their own Crime Reduction Plan for the area they patrol. Together we wrote a questionnaire for the officers to complete that will help them build a crime reduction plan. We plan to present this to the Commissioner this month.

The idea was taken from the Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, Threat (SWOT) Analysis. After reading the information and learning the method is taught at one of the Universities here in Maryland, I started thinking about how it could be applied to a person with diabetes. The SWOT Analysis was written in the UK and is based on building a better business. I modified it to write the questionnaire.

I sat down and looked at it in the following manner as it applies to being a person with Diabetes.


I listed all of my strengths as a diabetic and I have a lot of them.


I know that I am a chocoholic in the worse way. I also have a habit of staying up till the wee hours reading, watching tv or grabbing my phone to play games in bed. I alternate between reading and playing games or responding to emails. I set a time limit and stick to it. I now get more rest.

The best thing to do is to list every weakness you have and find ways to either turn it into a strength or eliminate it all together. If you lack support or motivation learn self support and motivations. Works wonders for me.


Far too often opportunities are right in front of us and many people do not take advantage of them. If there is something I want to learn or do, I now take every chance I get to do it or learn it. Opportunities can come through information, meeting someone new or even asking questions of people you know. You never know what people know until you start talking to them.


Threats are obstacles you face from time to time. For example, Buffets/Parties. People won't go because they fear they won't have anything for them to eat. I can always find something to eat when I go to one of these places. Trying something knew. You don't know if you don't like something until you try it. Turn threats into opportunities.

I find that all of what I am applying is working for me.

As for surgery, the scar is almost invisible. I still have a partially paralyzed tongue and swallowing isn't so bad thanks to Steve's tips. My diabetes is in great control and I am still losing weight. I was stung on my eyelid by a mosquito and I ended up at the doctors with an eye infection. That cleared up last week after two weeks. I just visited Amazon's Free Book Section and loaded up on books for Fall. The puppy is now 50 lbs and 11 months old. Life is good so far.

19 replies

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-10-18 12:50:46 -0500 Report

Hey Joyce,

Great discussion, as always. I think SWOT analysis is a very good approach to taking stock of your life. I especially like that it includes opportunity and is not just all about what's not going so well or what could happen.

Glad you are healing so well. I hope you continue to heal steadily! And I appreciate your optimistic attitude. Yes, life is good!


Glucerna 2014-10-08 18:45:33 -0500 Report

Thanks for the update on what you've been doing this summer, Joyce. I really like the idea of writing down our strengths because we often only look at our weaknesses and forget about the strengths. Thanks for the reminder. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-10-09 12:32:03 -0500 Report

People also don't look at opportunities or threats. There are times opportunities are staring you right in the face and you ignore them. People don't look at what threatens them or prevents them from moving forward because they won't try to help themselves or won't face their problems.

TsalagiLenape 2014-10-08 16:23:59 -0500 Report

Wow very informative and a good resource. One is to look within and two in your own backyard or community. Just love your SWOT. I want to do that for myself. Thanks Just Joyce Hugs

Type1Lou 2014-10-08 14:43:34 -0500 Report

Good to hear from you again Joyce and happy to learn that you are keeping busy and doing well!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-10-08 14:58:16 -0500 Report

Thanks Lou. Sitting here making rings. Power company installed a new gas meter and left behind 5 ft of 12 strand aluminum wire. Nothing like free wire for jewelry making…lol

healthy412c 2014-10-08 12:04:07 -0500 Report

I enjoyed your posts. New information for me. I am glad that you are doing well and hope you continue to do well. Your friend.

tabby9146 2014-10-08 10:40:38 -0500 Report

Thanks Joyce! It was good to see a recent post from you, as I had looked for one ther other day, when I was checking on here. I was wondering how things were. I did not know about free books, unless you are referring to possibly free e-books like for the Kindle. I like to get those sometimes, but prefer to hold a book in my hand and read the old fashioned way…but I will go there when I get a chance and get it out. Your community sure is lucky to have you with all that you do.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-10-08 11:18:34 -0500 Report

I have been busy and with new changes coming to the police department, I am going to have to take a mental break.

Amazon has all kinds of free ebooks for Kindle. I have recipe books, soap making and body butter books and a recipe book for dog snacks. I did not think I would like reading books electronically but the advantage is I can increase the font on the Kindle but I can't do that with printed books.

I sit in front of my computer and peruse their selections two or three times a week. I also borrow them from the Library and I don't have to leave my house to do that.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-10-08 09:06:37 -0500 Report

Hi Joyce; you. Sound like a great lady with much to offer. The swot test sounds wonderful and plan to start using it as soon as I journal next. Thanks for the idea, your quite a go getter. We need more strong "go getting" women we can get. Good luck in your
future in Devers.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-10-08 11:14:25 -0500 Report

Thanks for your kind words. I think everyone has strengths that they are not aware of. Far too often for some people, they focus on their weaknesses. You always hear "I can't", "yes, but" or "It won't work". Nothing ever beats a failure but a try. Until you focus on your strengths is to start listing them and if you don't think you have them, ask friends and family to tell you what they think you are good at doing.

I wish more people would get involved. There are so many things to do to help people. It also helps you to learn new things and meet new people.

jayabee52 2014-10-07 23:31:14 -0500 Report

JJ: Great to hear your summer activities and the SWOT idea is quite interesting.

Blessings to you


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-10-08 11:06:32 -0500 Report

James when I initially heard the other Presidents presentation, I was thinking he has to be crazy. So I started researching. Once I saw what he had written and how he started the questionnaire, I looked at it and started thinking about how this could really happen. I modified what he did and came up with three sections with instructions for the entire thing. Then thinking again, I figured it could be done with diabetes on a more personal level. Sometimes my thinking gives me a headache. One day my head is going to explode…lol

haoleboy 2014-10-07 21:20:19 -0500 Report

great to hear you are doing well my friend … I have recently added a new speech exercise to my routine … nightly story time with my 5 and 2 year old grandsons (Josiah and Asher) … good for the tongue and good for the soul.
we just found out that my audience will be expanding by one as we will be welcoming Eliana to the reading group in February!.(going to have to look for reading material that a little girl will find entertaining)

think i will sit down and do a little SWOT analysis myself … sounds beneficial.


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-10-07 21:37:44 -0500 Report

Congrats. I was sitting in a meeting with the Community Relations President, Command Staff and the Police Commissioner and I said something and no one understood me. I wrote it down and asked one of the Col's to read it. They were laughing because they thought I was speechless. When I get tired I still slur my words. I try singing. Thankfully no one can hear me.