Hello SOTGC community,
I went to the movies to watch a documentary last week. I carefully chose what I thought was the perfect seat, where I would get a clear view, and no one would sit in front of me. And of course, what do you think happened? Yup, a woman sat down, right smack in front of me. That was my first slight irritation, but I quickly got over it.
What was more difficult to get over was the number of people coughing in the theater. We are right in the middle of the cold and flu season, and that means that many people are getting sick.
It wasn’t so much the cacophony of coughs that was so distracting; it was the idea that each one of those individuals was sending their germs out into the enclosed screening room. And incidentally, it just so happened that several of the “coughers” were in the seats close to me.
I happen to be very healthy and had the intentional thought that I was not going to be affected by their germs (that kind of mental programming actually works by the way). But what about the other not-so-healthy people in the other seats? They may have left that theater with just enough bugs to catch the cough themselves.
The bottom line is this – if you are sick, stay at home … from work, from the movies, from the gym … rest at home. The number of people that don’t follow this advice is staggering.
I know that there are many career-minded readers thinking that there is no way that the sniffles or a little cough will keep them from the office. After all, how will everyone get by without you? Let me assure you – the world will still keep spinning if you stay at home!
I give that advice knowing exactly how hard it can be … I was once quite sick with the flu, and, although I stayed home, I was in bed all day with my laptop, logged into the office computers just to make sure everything was running smoothly. It was not an expectation, but I just couldn’t let go. And I should have,…,what I needed was complete rest – body, mind, and spirit!
Even if you feel like you can manage, that’s not a good enough reason to be out …it’s not just about you after all.
Please think about this …
You might cough, blow your nose, sneeze, or even simply breathe near someone whose immune system is very weak, and that could be enough to send them to the hospital, and, to be perfectly honest, it could be the tipping point that could eventually cause someone to actually die … this happens with the elderly all the time.
So, I urge you all to be courteous to your fellow citizens, and please stay home if you are not well. Not only will you heal faster, but you will also do your part to ensure that you do not cause harm to anyone else.
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