I am NOT praying for Rebecca to feel better. I suggest you do the same.
I cannot believe how cold and windy it is here in Boston today. Bundled up in a sweater, two jackets, a hat, a scarf, thick mittens, and warm boots, I walked half a mile from the rock crushing lab to my office, and I almost froze to death. I was also almost blown away by the wind racing between MIT warehouses and skyscrapers.
I thought as I walked: wow, I bet this is making Rebecca’s cold worse. I may even be coming down with a cold myself– my nose was running nonstop once I made it to my office. I think three-quarters of Boston residents will have head colds by the end of the day today. Brrrrr.
Having a cold on a very cold day is no fun. So, I thought: what could I do to make Rebecca feel better? Originally, I came up with some very ordinary suggestions. I could give her a call to let her complain about her cold. I could go over to her apartment with a pot of hot soup (store-bought, since I don’t really cook). I could send her a care package with a mug, herbal teas, and a jar of honey. I could buy her some more cough medicine and cough drops.
All of these ideas seemed so mundane, however. Rebecca is no ordinary girl and no ordinary friend– she’s a skepchick extraordinaire.Then, I had a revelation: it’s not what I do for Rebeccca that’s important. It’s what I NOT do for Rebecca that really matters.
So, here is a short list of some things I am NOT doing to make Rebecca feel better:
1. I am NOT sending her positive psychic energy.
2. I am NOT praying for her to become better. I am also NOT signing her up for a healing prayer session in The Greater Boston Healing Rooms.
3. I am NOT buying her a package of Airborne or any sort of homeopathic medicine.
4. I am NOT calling up Sylvia Browne to ask for medical advice.
I am sure there are many more things I could also NOT do for Rebecca to feel better, but I’m going to start with these and see if she improves. Meanwhile, Rebecca, here’s a cup of tea for you to drink while you feel better because of all theÂ things I am NOT doing for you.