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Navigating the Question

Updated: Jan 31, 2023

Are you vaxxed?!!!

I am not in this world to live up to your expectations and you are not in this world to live up to mine - Bruce Lee

Pressure provides the opportunity for new growth. But, it can also add to acting and speaking without thinking.

The most popular question these days seems to be…drum roll, please.

"Are you vaxxed?!"

Whew. Take a breath. I get the existential relief to have a solution to the COVID-19 virus, but please... can we be respectful?

Is this how we introduce ourselves now coming out of a pandemic and engaging with other humans for the first time? Where is the kindness and compassion for this gigantic planetary shift we are going through together? I understand the relevancy and am not negating the topic. However, and you may disagree, I experience this question socially as almost a violation in itself.

As a suggestion, if you are vaccinated or not and want to share your security, lead with your statement of affirmation first. EX: "I AM..." versus "ARE YOU...?"

How about leading with "Hi, how are you?"

This topic of the “Are you vaccinated?” question is reminiscent of school kids saying to each other, "Ew, you have cooties," as they wrinkle up their noses and point fingers at the accused.

One would think with all the learning we have been doing on diversity and racism and social influence, discrimination, etc., in 2020, we might have learned to approach topics with a measure of decorum.

Under pressure, the mouth speaks when the brain is disengaged and sometimes unwittingly, the gearshift is in reverse when it should be in neutral. - Henry Ford

I have seen two things go out the window with the emergence post sheltering-in-place: common courtesy along with common sense.

If you are getting vaccinated, then feel good about your choice. If you still feel at risk or have a loved one at risk, state your need to protect yourself. More than likely, someone will share their vaccine status voluntarily.

If you are not vaccinated, respect people's needs to vaccinate, wear a mask, keep distance, etc. No need to shove down the throat of every vaccinated person your opinion on the conspiracy theories.

Like-minded others will find each other. And if someone wants to know your viewpoint, they can ask.

Socially, "What are your thoughts on the vaccine?" is a respectful way of asking. "Are you vaccinated? " without putting someone on the line. Of course, if you are a healthcare worker or are receiving attention in medical or travel environments the question will need to be asked.

I am speaking about social protocols.

I have clients and friends on both sides of the argument and belief systems.

My perspective is more inclusive, kind of like "All paths lead home." If you need support for your wellness plan, I am here for you, vaccinated or not.

I also feel it a personal responsibility for everyone to educate themselves to make an informed choice.

We are in new territory, and there has been a lot of collateral damage and lives lost in the process. We can go slow here.

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

We all need to choose our path in ways that are successful to our psyches with this pandemic plan.

The wonderful thing, which also is challenging, is the free will we have on planet earth.

You are free to choose.

The other wonderful and challenging thing is that everything constantly changes.

Things will change.

You can change things up. Feel that freedom.

Ultimately, your life is up to you. There is no need to give your power of choice away to anyone else. It is yours.

Cherish that gift and remember freedom of choice is your right and your responsibility even when under pressure.

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