Monday, April 9, 2012


I want to show you what it isn't.

Failing doesn't try. Failing doesn't care. Failing gives up when things are at their most precarious; right before the suffocating weight of darkness gives way to that tiny sliver of light. Failing throws up its arms to indicate surrender; not with clenched fists to promise a renewed fight.

Failing is a lie that guilt feeds you.

Failing doesn't bother to respond, or care what happens next. Failing is giving up. Failing is refusing to try.

Failing is not determined by a number or test result.

Failing doesn't keep working to find a solution; get up at 2:00 am to check a blood sugar; show up for their doctor appointments.

Failing accepts defeat. Failing internalizes fear. Failing believes that fault only lies within itself.

Do you know how many times I, and so many others, see those same cruel results after our hard work? Do you know how many people are out there living healthy, happy and completely imperfect lives?

Failing is good, because it requires effort to fail. Failure can't happen without some sort of action. And in so many cases, failure upon failure happens before success does.

If that's what "failing" looks like, sign me up.

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  1. Excellent! I especially like "Failing is a lie that guilt feeds you." Thanks for this great post.

  2. What an awesome post. I am sitting at work in tears (easy for me lol) but seriously, thank you.


  3. Do or do not. There is no try. - Yoda... So, I take that to mean DO try. Don't try trying. Success or failure, doing it and learning for the future is the point. And that's worth celebrating. Thanks for the great post, Kim!

  4. Exactly what I needed tonight. Thanks for the reminder.

  5. Such a great post! After months and months (and months) of working towards that elusive "perfect" A1c, I'm realizing that I'm just a work in progress...not a failure :)

    Thank you!

  6. I read somewhere that success happens the first time you try something... and it works. Everything else is just research. Or something like that. Thanks for an inspirational post!

  7. it is hard to be good all the time. I had a dietician that once told me that I should never talk bad about food. Even if I was not making a wise choice she told me to say I need to do better next time. I really liked that advice and use it to this day.

  8. I love the bonus quotes! Thanks for sharing them, all.

  9. Brilliant post! Thanks for the important reminders.

  10. aw, beautifully written kim. thanks from me and all the D-parents out there.


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