Yesterday, I wrote about working in a high school. Each morning, when we arrived, we had our temperature taken. My coworker and I walked up to the door, rang the bell, and staff took our temps.
Both of us were over the limit. We stood in the shade in the hot, humid morning and waited a couple minutes. My coworker passed the next attempt; I did not. A few minutes later, I still didn’t pass, but since the temp was going down, it was assumed the heat of the day was causing the high reading.
Perhaps now is a good time to mention I rarely run a high temp. If the thermometer reads over 100 degrees, I probably wouldn’t be able to get out of bed. But I was clocked at 101+. Of course, I knew it was probably from the warm car ride and walking through the sun with a mask on in the heat, but I couldn’t simply explain it away. Staff had a job to do. I needed to work in the system.
The next day, I passed, and my coworker failed a few times.
We still got our work done. So did the school staff.
And that’s how we can get it done through this odd time—together, with patience. Is some of it inconvenient and annoying? Yes. But most the people who are monitoring guidelines aren’t doing so to be difficult. They’re doing so because it’s part of their jobs. They’re doing so to make a living or to protect someone they love. They’re doing so because it’s what this odd season involves.
There’s a time and place to make changes, but it needs to be respectful and appropriate. We can’t change a system by standing and complaining to someone who is simply following the guidelines they’ve been given. We won’t have much of an influence—at least not a positive one—by being consistently negative. or going against the system to take a stand (and taking unnecessary risks that impact others in the process).
We will get through this better together than we will with selfishness.