This is not another post about the current pandemic. Too many have been written on that topic already.
This not even about the medical or financial effects of the global scenario.
Some time ago I wrote a post titled “Disruption” (December 10, 2016) talking about the original negative meaning of that word and its modern interpretation, now I want to do something similar with the word “contagious”.
By no means I want to minimize the seriousness of the situation, but my brain wanted to go in a different direction.
The foundation of my thoughts is: we influence others. Our behavior impacts the people around us.
Haven’t you notice a person with a “contagious smile”? It is good to be around such an individual.
Hard work can be contagious. Obesity can be contagious. Positive or negative behaviors can be contagious.
At this point in history (and in my history) I want to have a positive influence on people around me. I wanna be contagious!
In my time working remotely I want to be as serious as I am in the office, if not more. Liz and I must have a relationship that can be a positive influence for younger couples. The list goes on.
Actually this line of thought came to me when I was reflecting on my Personal Mission that I wrote some years ago. It contains the word “contagious”, so I was considering if it would be bad taste to have it there in a time like this.
But when I follow the thinking process I just described, I concluded that it should stay there. Probably more than ever.
I will close with my unmodified Personal Mission without detailing it, because I hope it is clear in its short format, but if you want to understand better what I mean, please check the post from December 17, 2017, where I explore it in more depth:
“To know and glorify God, in a contagious way”
I am sticking to it.