I just went through a nasty upper respiratory infection that lasted 3 weeks.

During this time, I reflected on what it was like to work in the “retail” world over 12 years ago.  I remember what it was like to be sick, and perhaps call in sick for “one” day, to rest… but then to have to go to work right afterwards, sick or not.

Had to “keep that job” you know… right?

Wrong, I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Just because your job might demand performance, doesn’t mean you have to do so when you feel like crap.  So call in sick, take your recovery slowly, and perhaps even call in sick for one day after you’re better.

If your job fires you, or threatens to, for taking care of yourself… was the job really worth it begin with?  Probably not.

And, if you’re in the hospital because you didn’t take care of yourself when you were sick, and got a secondary infection that was even worse… what is the point of performing anyhow?  If you’re dead… none of it matters either.

On top of that, I’m willing to bet that any company that truly expects you to work while you’re sick, doesn’t really care at all if you’re there in the first place.

As for the income part, the “Well, I need the money” part… when you think really hard about it… is money worth ruining your life over?

I’m willing to bet if you lived “slower” in the other parts of your life, sell some stuff or quit buying useless stuff etc… you could probably find a way to get by until you found a new job (IF they fired you, but they probably won’t).

Hell, you could, dare I say it, you could go create something yourself, share your gift with the world (e.g. write a book, create art, etc…).

Read “The Art Of Non-Conformity” by Chris Guillebeau for a good starting point on the subject.  Follow that with “The Icarus Deception” by Seth Godin.