“The most important thing you have is your reputation.”
Yes, someone actually said that to me today, when we were talking about my health! I was shocked. I heard, “The most important thing you have is….” and I just assumed she’d end it with “your health.” I can’t believe she didn’t! I was talking to someone who works in a professional role dealing with employee health-related accommodations. I wanted to figure out the whole short term disability thing. She was saying that if I need it, I should do it. It’s just that her reasoning was different from mine. She was saying that it’s better that I take the time if I need it, than to stay in the job and let my work suffer. She’s right. She’s especially right because, legally, once I take disability they can’t fire me, but if I stay and do bad work, then they can fire me for sucking at my job (my words, not hers.)
She’s right, but shouldn’t the reasoning be that if I need the time I should take it, because the most important thing I have is my health, and I shouldn’t let it suffer for the sake of a job? Shouldn’t it be that the insurance is there just for people like me, so we can use the time to get better? Shouldn’t health always be more important than reputation? I mean reputation matters (there’s no way I’d be writing this if my name was on this blog, for example), but isn’t it more important that we be healthy?
I guess everyone has different priorities. Boy am I glad I don’t have hers!
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