I Need More Practice With Social Responsibility

I am feeling guilty about my selfishness in going to the gym yesterday. It is a part of my daily routine that I rationalized I could continue, despite the unprecedented events going on in our world due to the spread of COVID-19. It was after my workout that I started to get caught up on guidance from medical professionals on what we all need to do during this time. These articles reenforced what I knew deep down was the right thing to do, but I put my personal wants, not needs, first. One great article, by Dr. Asaf Bitton, is referenced in the quote below.

“We have a preemptive opportunity to save lives through the actions we take right now that we will not have in a few weeks. It is a public health imperative. It is also our responsibility as a community to act while we still have a choice and while our actions can have the greatest impact.”

https://medium.com/@ariadnelabs/social-distancing-this-is-not-a-snow-day-ac21d7fa78b4

This whole thread of tweets below is also worth reading:

This morning, I talked to my mom who lives about 90-minutes away by car and told her not to come for a visit and that we hoped to see her in a couple of weeks in person. Today, we will also be discussing a family game-plan with all of our kids, three who are home from college and three who are ages 13-18. We will make a plan for the next two weeks as to how we can structure our time constructively while we are practicing social distancing.

“We must move to pandemic mitigation through widespread, uncomfortable, and comprehensive social distancing. That means not only shutting down schools, work (as much as possible), group gatherings, and public events, but also making daily choices to stay away from each other as much as possible to Flatten The Curve…”

https://medium.com/@ariadnelabs/social-distancing-this-is-not-a-snow-day-ac21d7fa78b4

Good luck to others during this trying time! I will pray for the health and well being of all of us and encourage you to be better than I was yesterday.

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  1. Thank you for sharing, Patrick. I worked out with my trainer right after I received the “no school” call on Thursday and felt huge guilt. It took me a couple of days to reflect; however, this morning I finally decided to cancel all of my gym appointments for now in order to social distance myself to help flatten the curve… (though I will still pay my trainer). Off for a hike now!

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  2. This is great. I am growing more and more concerned with each passing day. People are not getting it. We will not have a spring sports season if people do not practice social distancing now. Or any other school-related event, for that matter. We need adults to guide our young people before it is too late.

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