….is not a good time, especially when you’re trying to complete all of the tasks you’ve assigned yourself. Just to get this out on the table: I tend not to slow down when ill, even when it’s serious. Many years ago, while studying in a foreign country, I refused to see a doctor for what I felt sure was a bad cold. It turned out–when I finally agreed to see one–that I had bronchitis and walking pneumonia, and was about a week away from a collapsed lung. Since then, when I feel illness coming on, I take a break. Actually, no, I don’t. But–the moral of this story is–I should! And so should you. If there’s an upside to being sick, it’s that we’re forced to move at a slower pace, to take more time doing things–and maybe even to find balance (see my last post) in our hectic lives.