When I was in my 20’s and working in corporate America, I started feeling sick. After continuing to go to work for several days, a co-worker convinced me to see a doctor. The doctor said, “It’s good you came in because you not only have the flu but walking pneumonia. Go home, get plenty of sleep and take it easy.” After giving me a penicillin shot, I drove home, barely making it before I literally passed out.
This got me to thinking about the culture that we live in. And why it’s acceptable to go to work, the grocery store and anywhere else while one is sick. Regularly parents send their children to school knowing they have a fever. We are teaching them early that it’s more important for people to go to work or school than it is to take care of one’s health….until now.
This virus is making me rethink about how we have let corporations tell us that our health comes second to work/school. The words were never spoken but if you read between the lines, you’ll agree that we bought into the kool-aid hook, line and sinker. I know there’s probably not one person reading this blog who hasn’t gone to work sick at least once. Why is that? Because we were brain-washed into believing that “work/school” was the almighty god. Sometimes we felt that we were so badly needed that only we could get the job done ‘correctly’.
But I’m seeing signs of this changing. When my son-in-law, John, started feeling sick, he quarantined himself to a room in his home to have minimal contact with his other 6 family members. He doesn’t have the symptoms of the virus and has been in contact with a doctor, but is taking precautions anyway. My daughter, Kerri, shut down her business when 2 of her clients thought it was ok to come into the hair salon sick. Because it’s always been acceptable until now.
I think we’re going to find that this virus, as devastating as it has been and will be, also has many positive side effects. Such as, making our health a priority over everything else. Because of the virus people are learning to slow down, enjoy life and be compassionate with each other. It’s giving people time to work in their gardens, start a new hobby and learn new skills. It’s also a time for self-reflection and meditation, two activities that have positive side effects on your mind and body.
We have so much to be grateful for. The more you focus on what’s positive in your life, the better you will cope with the changes going on in your community and surrounding area. Accept that many of the old ways are gone and wonderful new experiences are just around the corner. Your attitude makes all the difference in the world; it will make you or break you. The choice is yours.
What positive side effects have you been experiencing lately?
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