Transformative Thursdays: Who Infected You?

Over the last few days, I’ve had a cold, flu or something.  I opted not to go to the doctor.  I began wondering today, “who infected me”?  I didn’t come up with this sickness on my own.  Somehow, I was exposed to some bacteria, virus or free floating particles at work, church, home, kids’ schools, Walmart, etc.  Although, I felt ready to fight whatever would come my way, I was not.

How many times have we encountered something in life we felt totally blindsided by?  How many times were we infected by someone else’s “disease” or “issue” and it crept into our environment?  Then we became forced to deal with it, dismiss it, recover, recuperate and keep going?

  1. Be aware of your environment (inner circle of friends, family, coworkers, etc).
  2. Be prepared (spiritually, mentally, physically) at all times for battle.
  3. Focus your energy on getting back up and moving forward, not what or who got you down.
  4. Have a grateful heart. Even in the bleakest of situations, there is something of beauty and worth surrounding you.

More importantly than who infected you, is the question of how long will you stay down?

~Coletta Jones Patterson

Coletta is an author, life coach, business executive and weekly blogger.  Connect with Coletta at

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