Yesterday and today I have been home sick with a cold. I rarely get sick, especially since I discovered an herbal immune boosting product that is usually highly effective in fighting off invaders at the first sign of illness. However, it doesn’t always work.
Every once in a great while, despite all my preventive measures, I end up with full blown symptoms. When this happens, I do not despair. Instead, I consider it a forced vacation.
Completely abandoning my usual routine, I call in sick and stay home. I embrace my frailty by making a nice hot cup of tea, snuggling up on the sofa with a cozy blanket, and watching movies with my box of tissue close by. Yesterday, in fact, I watched three of them. This is very unusual behavior for me, but then, vacations are supposed to be out of the ordinary!
Since I have learned to view these temporary illnesses as forced vacations, I don’t complain at all. I might sneeze and cough and moan once it a while, but I don’t complain. It isn’t that I want to complain but don’t. It’s that I don’t even have any desire to complain.
Neither does my daughter, who looks upon this circumstance as a wonderful opportunity. She knows that when I am feeling great I have better things to do than to sit around and be a couch potato. It is only when I am sick that she has any hopes of getting me to agree to watch the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy. I would never be able to sit through that many movies in one day, or even in one weekend, unless I was, in fact, experiencing a forced vacation!
I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation. – Philippians 4:12