Keeping Others Safe


The days are dragging on. I am lucky that my co-working center is open to the point that I can go and work in my office. I still have concerns about our pandemic and the virus. I mainly get nervous when I have to go to a store and shop. Too many people are coming back to stores with little or no self-protection and in more massive crowds.

I do not dislike people. I love humanity. It is the people without masks and gloves that I’m not sure I want to be around right now. Also, I never was a fan of crowds. I am sure that this will continue for a while, and as long as the numbers keep going down, I think we will be OK.

I just find it hard to have confidence in any defense against an enemy you cannot see, feel, taste, or touch. In America, everybody has the right to think and act differently as long as they don’t cross laws that we enact for the good of humanity. I do believe in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

I believe that sometimes we need to look past our needs and focus on the greater good.  When we might have an infection that is known to present no symptoms, we need to take precautions. We need to prevent passing something harmful and deadly to those around us.

We do not want to sicken or kill someone because we think we are special and can ignore safety rules.  If you are just infecting yourself, that is one thing.  If you are hurting and killing others, that is something else.  With this virus, you do not know until after the damage happens.

Wearing a mask and gloves, plus staying 6 feet apart, is not going to put that big a crimp in your lifestyle.  Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) can be your new look.  You could even make it look good. 

Thank you for being with me today.  I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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