I’ve been ‘off’ work sick – actually, this means I still work online, and some (reduced) face-to-face, but I removed a 6 hour chunk of ‘being there, face-to-face’ work time from of my day. I had laryngitis and as soon as I opened my mouth people looked at me in shock and horror and reached for the hand sanitizer. As a new social pariah, a box of tissues was my only companion.
So I felt guilty for not being at work.
Then I looked around my tissue-strewn home and felt guilty for not spending enough time with the kids.
Yesterday we loaded everyone into the van and headed to the zoo. Fortified with a box of tissues and assorted cold remedies, I sneezed and coughed my way through the day.
We all had a great time – no guilt required.