With COVID-19 making it’s appearance this year, our lives have really changed. Most education is online, people are staying home lots more, and when we do venture out, we need to wear masks that either make us look like doctors or ninjas. We also need to be hyper-sensitive to germs like never before, turning people into germaphobes and germaphobes into mega-germaphobes. This can be maddening and frustrating since we have to be so careful and can’t necessarily live our lives the way we want to live.
Then again, there are some who don’t want to be held back by COVID-19. They feel like we should just be living our lives…that this is nothing more than another kind of flu…not as big of a deal as everyone is making it. There is also the argument that this “mostly affects older people, so why should I be concerned as I’m not old.” This appears to be a common thought among the younger generation. This results in people not wanting to wear masks, gathering together, putting each other at risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19. I believe the common thought is, “If I get it, I may be sick for a couple weeks, but I’ll be fine.” That may be true, but we have others to consider. We need to consider the elderly, the very young, and the people with pre-existing conditions whose contraction of COVID-19 could potentially be fatal.
But if you’re not older, very young, or have a pre-existing condition, why should you care? Why should you do your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19? Perhaps the answer can be found in this story titled The Mouse Trap…
The Mouse Trap
A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. “What food might this contain?” the mouse wondered. He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.
Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning: “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!”
The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said “Mr.Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it.”
The mouse turned to the pig and told him “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The pig sympathized, but said “I am so very sorry, Mr.Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers.”
The mouse turned to the cow and said “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The cow said “Wow, Mr. Mouse. I’m sorry for you, but it’s no skin off my nose.”
So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap alone.
That very night a sound was heard throughout the house – like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. The snake bit the farmer’s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital and she returned home with a fever.
Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup’s main ingredient. But his wife’s sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig. The farmer’s wife did not get well; she died. So many! people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.
The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness.
COVID-19 is real and presents a very real risk of death for many. You may think it doesn’t concern you, but you have to be bigger than that. You must remember that when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. We are all on this journey of life together and need to watch out for one another. We need to make an effort to protect each other, even when we are not the greatest one at risk. COVID-19 is a very real risk. Maybe you aren’t at as high of a risk as someone else, but that doesn’t make you any less responsible. We all need to do our part to protect each other. You may not be the primary target of this pandemic, but what about the next one?
Remember to look out for your fellow man and see the inconveniences you’re experiencing today as a necessary price to pay for something bigger than ourselves.