This Too, Shall Pass
I was supposed to write a big-ass article last week, however I got sick.
I really don’t know what hit me.
Last Monday I went to a talk in Asian Theological Seminary. The weather was a bit wet, but I didn’t get drenched in the rain.
But I guess I caught something when I attended the vent as the room was packed and there was a lot of people in the venue.
Tuesday came and I was already feeling a little tired.
Then came Wednesday and I can’t keep myself awake, also my body aches and I got cold sweat and I feel like hell.
I excused myself from work and literally slept the entire day while my wife and mother in law attended to our son.
The next day, Thursday I thought that I was already ok.
Come afternoon I developed a really painful sore throat.
By this time I already bombarded myself with paracetamol and vitamin C. Plus a slew of other medicine for sore throat and headache.
Friday it was a full blown sore throat, but I didn’t get the sniffles or runny nose which was weird.
Saturday became dreadful as I started developing a bad cough I barely slept properly.
Still, I was very productive that day as I also finished all the chores in the house.
Come Sunday man I can’t stop myself from coughing, another addition to my medicine are sinupret, fluomucil and mucosolvan.
Come Monday I woke up with a really bad headache and my voice became hoarse that I asked my wife to come home. Good thing that my mother in law came and my wife was able to keep her leaves.
Tuesday the coughing intensifies and runny nose is at large. Have to wear a mask the entire time whenever I interact with my son.
Wednesday still feeling a bit weak. Literally felt like the world is spinning and I am unsteady. Despite that, I still was able to buy groceries for my son and the house.
Thursday, runny nose is a bit bothersome, but manageable, phlegm is coming out little by little.
Friday, feel fine, albeit the occasional grunts for clearing the throat and lungs.
There are some casualties along the way as my mother in law now has a cough and my wife has a sore throat.
My son was coughing a bit since Tuesday, but it lessened after today.
Thank God that he didn’t get sick.
I really thought he got sick last Wednesday.
So How Am I?
I am eschewing social media as much as possible and limiting my interaction with Facebook.
I still do rant in twitter, but it’s good that the platform is limited otherwise I would’ve gone and taken advantage of it as well.
I also enjoyed watching Lucifer in Netflix and I gotta say that despite being so bastardized and far fetched from the original character of Neil Gaiman in the Sandman series, it’s still a good watch as it grapples with the malevolence of existence.
I still like the Sandman one though.
Been reading a lot lately on persuasion and self development and I found out about this person named Ron Jones.
I honestly think we should include this study in our educational system, but more so because I think that this is happening now in the country.
By the way I love this tweet by James Clear:
Habits that have a high rate of return in life:
– Sleep 8+ hours each day
– Lift weights 3x week
– Go for a walk each day
– Save at least 10 percent of your income
– Read every day
– Drink more water and less of everything else
– Leave your phone in another room while you work
How Have I Been Feeling Lately?
Being tired is an understatement.
However, I compensate for it by practicing gratitude and changing my mindset.
I miss a lot of things starting with meditation (which I didn’t have that much time to practice being that I take care of the baby when the missus is at work)
But mostly I miss working out, lifting weights, BJJ, Muay Thai, Boxing.
I was supposed to workout this week and last week, but whatever that disease was being a downer.
Being sick is like trying to bridge your mind with your brain and with your body while everything is in chaos.
And pain is there to remind you that it can always make things worse.
But just as in life, things do get worse and then it becomes better.
I remember a story that goes:
A powerful king, ruler of many domains, was in a position of such magnificence that wise men were his mere employees. And yet one day he felt himself confused and called the sages to him.
‘I do not know the cause, but something impels me to seek a certain ring, one that will enable me to stabilize my state.
‘I must have such a ring. And this ring must be one which, when I am unhappy, will make me joyful. At the same time, if I am happy and look upon it, I must be made sad.’
The wise men consulted one another, and threw themselves into deep contemplation, and finally they came to a decision as to the character of this ring which would suit their king.
The ring which they devised was one upon which was inscribed the legend:
THIS, TOO, WILL PASS
Indeed, everything will pass.
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