The last thing a sick, weak person wants to do is eat food and yet that’s exactly what’s needed for them to recover.

When someone develops a lesion on their gum(s), the correct course of action is vigorous brushing rather than avoidance of the tenderness.

A chronically tired person should actually spend 30 minutes of downtime getting exercise rather than lying on the couch watching TV.

And someone living check to check should find a way to put a few dollars away every month rather than spending it all on urgent expenses.

These things don’t make sense in the moment when we’re compromised (mentally, emotionally, and physically), so we have to develop the right mindset before the unexpected takes place.

Willie Jackson is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Consultant & Facilitator with ReadySet, a boutique consulting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a frequent writer and speaker on the topics of workplace equity, global diversity, and inclusive leadership. Connect on LinkedIn or get in touch.

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