Short Notes: Replete With Blessings - The Jose Vilson

Short Notes: Replete With Blessings

by Jose Vilson on December 27, 2009

in Short Notes

Peace of Mind ... by Ty Moore

Peace of Mind ... by Ty Moore

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A few weeks ago, I set firm on making sure I upgraded my health. The last time I visited a doctor, he seemed competent until he told me my air conditioner was the reason for my allergies (it wasn’t) and, upon setting up an appointment with me on the phone, said I need to stop smoking (I don’t). That and a crazy bill for what I call a “stepping one’s foot into the hospital” fee implicitly disenchanted me with the health care industry. While signs kept pointing me to not let these little incidents prevent me from staying at full health, I just got disgusted.

Then the pains came. Not just when my cousin died. When I was ready to sleep. When I was getting ready to take the train. On my way to and from work. During work. While I blogged.

All the while, people around me began to fall by the wayside, celebrities and family members alike. Even after my bouts with an extended flu and crazy allergies, I still didn’t visit after all of that. Even the crazy toothache (and eventual pullout) a few months ago, after taking care of that, I decided I’d just ride it out.

Then it happened: Cincinnati Bengals wide receiever Chris Henry and actress Brittany Murphy died.

Usually events like this wouldn’t affect me too much. We’ve become numb to semi-idols dying through various causes. However, their ages alone (26 and 32 respectively) forced me to look myself in the eye and check my ego at the door. No matter how intimidating and insecure the health industry seems, we have to look at our health as paramount to our continued survival.

Finishing my book outline. Redoing my website. Making sure my students graduate. Those other beautiful promises I could see over the horizon of 2010. And the idea that I couldn’t wait until January 1st to make changes in my life. These are the things I would have missed out on if I didn’t take care of these things. So I trooped it over to my new doctor, who did a couple of checks and exams. Then he looks to me and said, “Jose, you just need a peace of mind.”

Alas, Christmas came early. The biggest Christmas gift I got this holiday came in the form of believing once again that things will be alright. Since then, the little pains and aches I had simply went away. My sleep has improved. Even my mind feels less cloudy. Never underestimating the power of pleasant thinking.

I may not be rich, but I am replete with blessings.

And if you’re reading this, the same can probably be said for you. Never forget that.

Jose, who’ll do a year in review post again. You know you love them.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

EducationCEO December 27, 2009 at 10:23 pm

As someone who lost someone near and dear, please do take care of yourself dear. That is all. Won’t get all mushy on your blog!



teri December 27, 2009 at 10:29 pm

•well written, sir. at the end of the day… all u have is you. and your health.


Villager December 28, 2009 at 4:30 am

Be well my brother. Your health is paramount.

Thank you for the ‘link love’ in your blog post.

Harambee! Villager


Julio Ricardo Varela December 28, 2009 at 9:38 am

Bro, what you speak is the truth. Take care of yourself and the rest will follow. Thanks again for linking back to the LATISM video, hope it put a smile on your face.


Maura Alia Badji December 28, 2009 at 8:23 pm

i was thinking about that post you wrote a while back about teachers’ feet and backs needing attention. (i’ll be paying a lil visit to the podiatrist this break.) And, um, you don’t need to quit smoking? Really?

Please take care of yourself.

all best,


Jose December 28, 2009 at 9:52 pm

Thank you all for the well-wishes.

EduCEO, feel free to get mushy on the blog. That’s all part of the conversation.

Villager and Julio, trust me when I say your links continue to be valuable for those of us who read and enjoy your work. Thanks to the both of you.

Teri, you already know.

Maura, I don’t have to quit smoking. How does one quit something they never started? :-)


Maura Alia Badji December 28, 2009 at 10:21 pm

My bad! Lol. I was a bit confused because I didn’t think you smoked in the first place & then thought perhaps you were revealing a sudden smoking habit & a delusional view of said habit. Glad I was just wrong all around!


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