Day 132: Take a Little Now to Avoid More Later

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In heaven, we won't need any medicine!

“Prevention is better than cure.” Desiderius Erasmus 

We just finished our daughter’s immunizations for her university.  The idea behind immunizations is that taking a small amount of the disease will build up antibodies to the disease and keep one from contracting it at a later time.

There continues to be a lot of controversy around inoculations, but there are a few ways that we can learn from the idea of how inoculations are supposed to work.

Slow and steady wins the race. When we prepare for a show, we start very early with practice.  Many students don’t see a connection with the early practices since the show seems so far away.  The director, however, knows that these early practices set the show up for success.  Like the turtle and the hare, slow and steady wins the race.  An injection now, may save you from a debilitating disease in the future.

“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.”  Thomas Jefferson had the right idea with that statement.  Sometimes it’s hard to stay ahead, but if we plug away today on something we know we can accomplish, we give room for unexpected things tomorrow.  Before Edward Jenner introduced the idea of vaccines, people were dying with smallpox— about 400,000 Europeans per year in the 18th century.  The idea of taking a small dose of cowpox to avoid smallpox was worth the effort.  In those days, to put it off could be a matter of life and death.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  Ben Franklin knew that taking time to prevent accidents and ailments could accomplish more than using the best medicines for healing.  As I’m getting older, I need to eat better, to exercise more, and to keep peace as much as possible.  It’s funny how some of the simplest things are sometimes the hardest to do.

As with immunizations, we can take a little now to hopefully avoid more later.  In what areas do you apply preventive measures?

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