The appearance garnered this feedback:
“This whole comment section so far is ‘I don’t like masks. But I won’t do anything about it that might inconvenience me.’
“The day before the mandatory mask order went into effect for my state, I told my boss I was not going to wear one and I would understand if they had to let me go. He had a shocked look on his face and said he would get back with me. He talked with upper management and told me to just keep coming to work as normal for the time being. That was months ago and now we only have ONE person in the whole office (100ish people) that even bothers to wear one now. You think any of them would have stood up in the same situation? Probably not, but I took the risk because my rights and the direction this is going, I see as a far bigger threat than the possibility of me losing my job.
“Americans have become fearful and soft. We have gone from ‘I do this FOR my children’ to ‘I can’t do anything because I have children.’ Freedom has a cost, we used to understand this.”
I seek out stories of inspiration like this — from people who have identified their boundaries, communicated their boundaries, and defended their boundaries —- and fill my day with them and surround myself with people who live life true to themselves.
Life is too short to do otherwise than to be in the presence of the best as much as possible.
I don’t know this commenter, yet I believe that he would have walked right out the door of his job and never turned back, like many good and brave men and women. They are the 1% of courageous people.
Be Ready To Walk Away
The negotiation that you refuse to walk away from is a negotiation that you are the inferior party to. No one owes you anything. Not a second more on this earth is promised to you.
You must always ask yourself every morning before work if you are heading the direction that you want, if this 8 or 10 or 12 hours you spend a day is helping you become the person you want to be?
For me, like for this commenter, a mask requirement is a dealbreaker. A vaccine requirement is a dealbreaker.
There are plenty of places that my services could be used and if my services mean so little to the person running the show that I need a mask, I will happily walk out the door to stay unmasked.
If you won’t, tell me what I need to do to convince you otherwise, because if you will become that person who will just walk away, it will change your life for the better, and it will ripple through to those around you for the better.”