I have a notebook with this quote from Henri Matisse, a French artist, on the cover. He is best known for his colorful paintings in the early 1900s.
I see this cover a lot of think of this quote in the context of many things - often diabetes. I assume medicine is not often thought of in this context, but I think it is applicable.
If we look at the bigger picture and all the research happening - creativity definitely applies. And you have to sometimes be really courageous to think out of the box.
On a day to day basis, diabetics have to be creative to manage this thing. Yes, there are certain rules to follow, but I strongly believe that understanding how much to insulin dose based on carbs, activity, the time of day and many other factors is definitely an art. Armed with facts, a constant artistic balancing act is required to avoid bad outcomes. Matisse's elaboration on this quote describes it well.
"It is not enough to place colors, however beautiful, one beside the other; colors must also react on one another. Otherwise, you have cacophony."
Cacophony. A reference to sound. The colors can be organized so badly that you can hear them scream! This is what diabetics and their caretakers are trying to avoid every day.
It is not just enough to administer insulin or count carbs. You have to "place" it as Matisse did with his colors. The cacophony of diabetes. The shrill is so high that it can make one want to plug their ears.
Being creative is scary. Despite the risk of cacophony, you have to be bold. You put yourself out there, and risk being judged by others.
If you feel you have not managed your blood sugar well or made a mistake, you judge yourself. You might feel judged by healthcare providers or others that believe you are not managing yourself or your child well. That can feel very defeating.
So how does one overcome that? It is different for everyone. To be courageous, you have to know that you have tried your best. Never give up, or give in. Even on the bad days. Keep trying.
As Matisse would say, "Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work from illuminating the fog that surrounds us."