Monday, February 4, 2013

Diabetes Art Day 2013: Arrows

Diabetes Art Day

The more obstinately you try to learn how to shoot the arrow for the sake of hitting the goal, the less you will succeed in the one and the further the other will recede.
 Eugen Herrigel
If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it;
every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
My scar is beautiful. It looks like an arrow. 
Carly Simon


My 2013 Diabetes Art Day Project~
Click on the image for a much more detailed view. 

OK, I wan't sure where I was going to go with my 2013 Diabetes Art Day Project - I really didn't.
 So on Sunday Morning I poured myself a second cup of coffee, set out a piece of blank paper on my work table and dumped a portion of the contents of my diabetes Bio Hazard Container out.

And it kind of felt like I was looking down at an unfinished puzzle - even though it was just a blank piece of paper.

And as I stared at the blank paper I stopped thinking about puzzle pieces.
Instead I started grabbing test strips and making arrows out of them.

At first those arrows represented the directions that my blood sugars were going - A la CGM.
And I started writing words and numbers about the direction of those arrows  - And how I feel when my diabetes arrows are going in either direction.

Then I took a picture of what I'd made.. And as I looked at the picture I began to think of the arrows as shooting arrows  - And about being BRAVE and never giving up.

As a Diabetes Markswoman, my arrows don't always land exactly where I want them to.
 Sometimes my arrows are way off target, other times they are right on the mark - And for all sorts of reasons that make sense and even more reasons that don't make any sense at all.

But no matter what, I still have to keep aiming my arrows.... And shooting in all directions - Because my diabetes targets are always moving... and changing..... and they  will never stop.

As a Diabetes Markswoman I am always taking aim -  And that task is never ending~


Mike Hoskins said...

What a great piece of art, and OF COURSE it materialized over coffee (a bonus!). Those arrows so represent how I feel most of the time, with my mind going in so many different directions and trying to "hit the mark" on all of those. Rarely, that happens. But when does, oh how all the arrows seem to be aligned. Thanks for the great Sunday morning artwork and for sharing it, K2!

Scully said...

wicked! arrows are evil :(

Lee Ann Thill said...

I'm impressed you went straight for the biohazard container... living dangerously, lol! You have an uncanny power to turn something that is inherently frustrating about diabetes - those pesky, every directional arrows - and transform them into something positive. Thank you for that, and for being part of Diabetes At Day <3

Pearlsa said...

Diabetes Markswoman love the term and the art :-)

Scott K. Johnson said...

Very nice!