The Importance of Being Earnest

 Not only was it a play for the ages that is still enjoyed by many with a sense of humor, but the importance of being earnest is especially key when loving one with any kind of ailment. What do I mean by being earnest? Well, it boggles down to this: being serious and sincere compared to whimsical and playful, though that frame of mind has its moments as well. We can’t be serious all of the time!

What I’m trying to say is that it’s much easier for people to take things lightly without realizing they are dismissing something that shouldn’t really be dismissed – an ailment that should be addressed, that needs to be brought into the light, examined, and hopefully treated somehow.

Take depression, for instance. It’s often brushed off as a “funk” of some sort that will pass with a magical amount of time. We all know that sometimes everyone gets down, but depression doesn’t exactly flitter away. It’s a clinical disorder that needs to be treated. 

Okay, so let’s look at another common ailment: cancer. Everyone has had the experience of feeling invincible in their youth but that doesn’t last unfortunately. 

Life has its curve balls to throw at us and more common than not we try to make light of the situation when it comes to health problems. How many programs are there in the medical field in cancer prevention? And yet, when we are faced with the possibility of having cancer, most of us go into denial, thinking it can’t happen to us. No way! Well, yes way – it can! And if we don’t have that faithful friend to snap us out of our denial, it’s much more likely that the ailment can take us over and claim our life. This is a very scary truth! It has happened to people, even people I knew and loved.

So the next time you encounter a situation with a friend or loved one concerning their health, consider the importance of being earnest with them because, after all, you are concerned for them as you care for them either as a friend or a family member. You might be the key to them taking the first step to a better and healthier life.


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