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Does Misery Really Love Company?

I used to be the type of person that unless I was so sick that I couldn’t get out of bed I would go to work.  I felt if I were miserable why stay home when I could be more infectious with my misery than with the bacteria I was playing host to.  Looking back I don’t believe that I was in my right mind because any person of reasonable intelligence would usually stay fifty paces away from me so I was still without company.

Actually the truth is I thought I was being brave.  I know that sounds peculiar but I figured that I could tough it out and be an example for those working with me or for me.  I must confess that was the biggest mistake I could have made.   I wish I could go back and tattoo on my forhead “Take Care of Yourself ” by doing that you’re also taking care of us.  I guess what I’m saying is that with any illness you’ll have good days and not-so-good days.  Cherish the good days and be kind to yourself on the not-so-good days.

You don’t win any awards for pushing yourself beyond your limits.  It may work in the Tour-De-France, but when it comes to your health gentle kindness is the best medicine you can prescribe for yourself (unless you’re a doctor than you prescribe whatever you want).

It’s clear that misery doesn’t love company, or rather, company doesn’t love misery.  You’ll have more people backing you when you take care of yourself so you can have more good days and it will leave your company in a better position to support you in the not-so-good days if you don’t exhaust them by mistreating yourself.


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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