I wasn’t going to do it. I didn’t want to do it, but I feel like I’ve gotta do it.
I’m going to talk about the the Swine Flu, H1N1. Where do they come up with these letter/number combinations? I like the sounds of Swine Flu better. This new strain of flu gives us all something to oink about. Since nuts are now presumably safe to eat and we’re not at risk of killing our kids with a PB&J sandwich, we need something to frighten us.
Maybe it’s because we were raised on thrillers, I don’t know. I do know that as Americans, we thrive on fear. We clean our toilets, hands, and dishes with antibacterial soaps. We buy enough vitamins to grow strong bones and healthy nails. We wash our vegetables, meats, and hands before eating; however, we still panic at the first sign of diarrhea or mucus. Are we all a bunch of germaphobes?
The media is consistently giving us a reason to live in fear. I can run into my home lock my door, tape my windows shut, and strap a gas mask onto my face, but that doesn’t sound like living to me. I much rather wash my hands, take vitamins, and pray I don’t get sick. I already got the regular strain of flu once this season and it’s estimated that 36,000 people die of the regular flu every year.
Does that statistic concern you? Did you get a flu shot this year?
Probably not. We don’t even blink at getting the flu unless we’re talking about the elderly, very young, or immune compromised. So, why are we freaking out?
I’m not suggesting that we go kiss a pig, but should we put our lives on hold for the next month, two, maybe three until this virus runs its’ course?
Please understand that I don’t want to make light of a serious concern and I definitely don’t want to get the flu again, swine, bird, or any other variety. I pray all the infected people recover quickly and that the virus gets weaker instead of stronger. I just don’t want to be consumed with the “what-ifs” of life.
I’ve wasted too much of my young life worrying about things that never transpire.
I try to remind myself of God’s words when he says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
I want to have a sound mind, not one crippled by fear of my health, future, or finances.
What do you think? How much do you fear this flu?