It’s been a while since I caught a cold or a cough from one of my family members or a friend, but a couple of weeks ago it caught up to me. I didn’t feel bad, nor had a fever, but just a cold that went from my throat to my chest. Then the tickling came where you feel nothing, but the nagging cough hangs around when you want to say something. You begin the words of a sentence and the cough rears it’s ugly head and interrupts whatever you are trying to say. You find yourself coughing incessantly to try to get the tickle out but it lingers and lingers for days and sometimes weeks.
I had had enough and decided to go to Costco to get the biggest bag of throat lozenges I could find. I picked up one of the best known brands that they sold and decided to talk to the pharmacist to see what he (it was a he that came to the window) would advise. To my amazement he said, “I wouldn’t buy any of the brands that we sell. Wait a minute and I’ll tell you what to buy.” He left and came back in about a minute with a little box, (his own box) that said, Fisherman’s Friend. “These are the best on the market with the greatest strength for suppressing a cough but they don’t taste very good. You can get them at Walgreens or Walmart.” I had never heard of such a lozenge ever. None of my friends had heard of them. My wife who is an expert in taking care of her family when sick had never heard of the lozenge. But because of the advice of the expert, I took off to get a throat lozenge I had never heard of.
I found the cheap $2.38 box of 39 lozenges in the white non box and put one in my mouth. He was right. They tasted like dirty licorice if there’s such a taste. But did they work. Not only did they work when I had them in my mouth, but the after taste (the dirty licorice kept going and going) suppressed my cough long after the lozenge had disappeared.
There are so many experts in our world that can give us insights and different perspectives of life if only we ask the right questions. Pastors. Auto Technicians. Counselors. Computer geeks. Moms. Dads. Children. Realtors. Doctors. Dentists. Most everyone whom we come in contact with have expertise of some sort if we are willing to slow down and ask some questions. It means that we see our limitations. Our limited knowledge.
I am thankful (and might I add my wife during our night sleeps) to have asked the right questions. On this journey, don’t be hesitant to ask. Answers to our questions will add wisdom to our existence.