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Before going to the pharmacy to buy over-the-counter medicines for my eldest daughter to have asthma, I checked the medicines she could consume to overcome the disorder, both availability, and expiration. Finally this afternoon I went to the pharmacy to buy a cough medicine that suits her needs.

At the pharmacy, while waiting for the delivery of medicine after payment, I checked the messaging app on my cellphone. Some time when I read the writings and chat about old-fashioned or obsolete ways of thinking that I read in a group thread, other people who were also waiting for medicine within a few seats from me suddenly sighed at the person next to him “Ouch, I forgot that today my cellular prepaid card has expired, and I haven’t had time to top up anymore! “. “Oh, has your number become expired?” asked the person next to him. “It seems so. Ah, we must immediately go to the service center of this provider,” he said again.

It’s funny, for some reason I often experience this situation, hear or talk about a word or something understanding over and over again in a short period of time, in one day or several hours, and this happens once again. This time, the word is expired. With the cellphone in hand and the sigh I just heard, I gasped for a moment, what’s with this word? Is this a signal of something?

A call from the dispatcher of the pharmacy then broke the chatter in my mind while discussing the words. Shortly after I received the medicine I bought, at the counter for delivery of the item I checked the expiration date; May 21, 2021. That’s okay, then I thanked the clerk and left the pharmacy, and didn’t think about it anymore.

At 7 pm my niece called to remind me that yesterday was the deadline we gave in a summons to her client’s company and asking for advice on what she and her colleagues should do then.

As I write this, at 11:59 p.m., my wife tells my two daughters that she will come home tonight from Semarang, which is not in line with her schedule of work that actually should end on Saturday. The reason is, she has run out of patience to work with a team of consultants who are assigned who always ignore her thoughts, input, and suggestions that are contextual with the task and also with her area of expertise. Even worse, just now, at 12:14, she called me and gave news about her plans to go home earlier and suddenly, which aside from the reasons above also felt that she had been demeaned by merely being told to type something. “My patience for them has expired!”, My wife muttered on the phone. “They are not consultants, even though they are Doctoral degrees, they are only plagiarists who take other people’s thoughts to be written as reports, and when valid data is requested by the employer, they throw blame on each other and accuse me of being the one who has reported their behavior to principal”. 

I can only say, “Alright honey, I miss you so much. I will wait for you at home this morning. See you very soon!”. I can understand her decision for we always discuss the situation she faced in the team and in her capacity as a senior consultant, as I ever briefly described the team, here in a post last week. between the employer and the incompetent team, that she must defend because she is in it.

Those words knock on my eardrum again! Well, many people forget that life is like a flag, respected when fluttering above and will pulled down after passing through the day. Also, we need not be discouraged if our presence is not considered meaningful because elsewhere we are very important and eagerly awaited.

  • Question /

    Is the phenomenon that I often experience just a coincidence?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question /

    If you were in my wife’s position, would you make the same decision?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question /

    Should people with a high level of education take the work lightly, do not carry out the tasks as they should, and also plagiarize?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question /

    Is it important for us to realize that many things in our lives have an expiration date?

    • Yes
    • No

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  1. you bring forth the argument of value. All humans deserve to be treated the same. The measure of a human is what and how they do under the reality of light. When the light shines upon them do they reach out to others and help (or ask for help) or do they instead grab the broom and attempt to push the mud under the rug?

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