Thursday, April 5, 2012

Ekphrasis Post (#HAWMC)

Today's WEGO prompt: Go to and write a post inspired by the image. Can you link it to your health focus? Don’t forget to post the image!

Her only view of the world...
This picture is entitled "Her only view of the world..." (photographer here) The image, along with the title, reminds me of the song "Bed by the Window" by Tony Melendez.

In this song we're introduced to two elderly men residing in a nursing home. One has his bed by the window, telling stories every day to his friend who doesn't have the view. When the man by the window passes, his friend is honored to take his place. Excited to see the sights his friend has talked about, he discovers that the view is not of a city park but a plain brick wall. Not to be discouraged, he then shares the same wonderful stories with his new roommate.

As a PWD (person with diabetes), I sometimes feel that I'm looking at a brick wall. A dead end of sorts. It's hard to realize that there's something beyond that wall. Sometimes it feels hopeless. But like the man in the bed by the window, our attitude and desire to help others can make even a plain brick wall a wonderful opportunity. We venture out beyond our own self-pity (brick wall) and focus on the silver lining. Yes, I believe that every negative situation has a blessing waiting to spring forth from it. Being diagnosed with diabetes has blessed me with many online friends that I would not have met otherwise. It has also allowed me to be a voice, to educate people about Type 2 diabetes and dispel myths.

1 comment:

  1. I've heard that story before but I LOVE the implications of it related to life with diabetes.