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The Picture of Unhealth

09/04/2018 6:57 PM | Glen Alex (Administrator)
The Picture of Unhealth

Sometimes, it is difficult to conceive just what health is, so looking at the opposite may be helpful. Following is a story to illustrate the difference. 

I went to the post office recently to pick up the mail I had placed on hold during my trip to Paris. The representative at the window was a middle-aged man of large stature. He had a cane and inhaler, and his breathing was labored. He stood on the cane because he said his back hurt when he sat.

When I told him what I needed and presented the printed confirmation of the hold, he was taken aback. After a stint of silence and staring at the paper he said, “Your carrier will probably deliver it to you today.”

“I specifically requested to pick it up,” I replied.

“Are you doing mail pick up today?” he shouted to another rep who was a few windows down and with another customer.

“No, working the counter today,” the man replied.

“Guess I better go get it,” said my rep.

After a few exasperated and deep breaths with the inhaler, he grabbed his cane and ambled off. He returned many minutes later, empty-handed, saying he couldn’t find my mail and suggested that I come back the next day.

“I can’t,” I said. “I work eleven-hour days for the next three days. I place my mail on hold several times per year and always pick it up.”

“Okay,” he replied. “Guess I can check another area.”

He lumbered off in a different direction and finally returned with my mail, expressing his displeasure with the carrier for having put the mail in another location. I thanked him and left.

Throughout the encounter with this rep, I vacillated between leaving without my mail, waiting for another rep to make his day easier, or holding him to his job description. I empathized with the difficulty he must have experienced not being able to breathe, walk, or sit normally or comfortably.

Then my rationale and knowledge about health matters kicked in and I recognized that because he was at work, he and his supervisor must have believed that he was fit enough to perform his job duties. I also wondered what he could have done to be in better health, long before this day. I wish people would be more proactive with their health so they can experience life with minimal pain, discomfort, and medication.

That is wellth!

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The Picture on UnHealth is an excerpt from Glen's book, Living In Total Health. Please visit www.livingintotalhealth.com for more information about Glen and Living In Total Health.


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