Daily Prompt: The Zone

While sitting in my cubicle with limited challenging tasks to occupy my mind and keep me busy I often put on my headphones and ease into my private zone in my cubicle. This allows me to drown out the senseless chatter happening in the world surrounding my space. I enter a zone where I can escape the continuous sound of broken English as colleagues and students discuss homework, attendance or quiz scores.

Alone in my zone, without office distractions and rare interruptions, I plan my summer vacation, apply for jobs, read blogs, make comments of the latest news on the CBC, listen to music, surf the Internet for entertainment and think about life outside my cubicle.  Some days I take a stab at the daily prompt at the Daily Post. Writing this makes me realize how lucky I am to have a job where I can relax in my own little zone and do whatever I want and be paid to do this. Most days move by quickly and my zone time comes to an end and I mark another day off the calendar before leaving my cubicle.

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Daily Prompt: Placebo Effect

Once again I find myself sitting in my tiny cubicle without any classes or tasks at hand.  Of course many people would love to sit in a cubicle all day and get paid to do nothing. An occasional day of laziness and idleness from time to time is a nice break from a busy work schedule, but extended periods of idleness can have adverse physical and psychological effects on a person. Life without work and goals makes one lazy. Today I am suffering from a slight bout of “idleness”. I simply have nothing to do – I am tired of surfing the web, reading books, watching YouTube videos, strolling around campus, and listening to colleagues complain about trivial matters. So, I will take a stab at today’s daily prompt. Placebo effect: If you could create a painless, inexpensive cure for a single ailment, what would you cure and why?

I know very little about medicine, but I think a placebo effect is not an actual cure for any known disease. Instead it fools the mind into believing that an empty pill provides positive effects as a result of a person’s perception that it is a beneficial treatment. Thus, a placebo effect cannot be considered a cure for any serious ailment.

Now, getting back to my cubicle situation, I fear that continued isolation and idleness may deteriorate my mental health. Actually, this is not true. I am just writing for the sake of making my post a bit longer.

On a more serious note,  there are so many diseases in the world that are in need of a painless and inexpensive cure. It is difficult to pick just one to cure.  Yet, if I was given some mysterious power to create a cure for one ailment I would remove cancer from the planet. This terrible disease strikes people of all ages across the world. It knocks people down in their prime, often arrives without warning, weakens the old and wreaks havoc on the lives of so many people. No placebo effect can conquer cancer, but I pray that modern medicine will find a cure for this horrible disease in the near future.