It’s Just a Cold

By Greg Baer M.D.

August 7, 2017

During one early afternoon I noticed that I just wasn’t feeling good. I sensed my growing fatigue and irritability, but I couldn’t pinpoint a cause. After a moment or two, I gave up the analysis and simply went on with my day, doing my best to execute tasks and love the people I encountered.

The next morning I awoke with all the symptoms of a cold, and in a flash I understood the “bad mood” of the previous day. I had just been early in the process of viral multiplication, which was accelerating rapidly but not yet achieving numbers sufficient to cause all the symptoms of a cold.

I have noticed a similar phenomenon with people in emotional situations. Sometimes we seem irritable or over-reactive to circumstances or people for reasons that don’t make sense at the time. Later we might realize what past pain or fear triggered our altered emotions in the present—we might realize what gave us an emotional “cold”—but we might not.

Either way, all we can do in the present is to be as loving as possible, refusing to give in to the temptations of blaming others for our discomfort.

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About the author 

Greg Baer, M.D.

I am the founder of The Real Love® Company, Inc, a non-profit organization. Following the sale of my successful ophthalmology practice I have dedicated the past 25 years to teaching people a remarkable process that replaces all of life's "crazy" with peace, confidence and meaning in various aspects of their personal lives, including parenting, marriages, the workplace and more.

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