As a kid, I hated onions. As an adult, I began to savor the flavor! As I aged, however, onions don’t like me so much. I am bummed for two reasons: 1) I like them and 2) They are a super food! I don’t think most of us consider onions as a healthy food, but you just might be surprised by the benefits of eating onions on a daily basis.
Supposedly, onions first appeared in Central Asia about 5,000 years ago and might just be one of the first cultivated crops (Epoch Times, Jan 20-26 2021) We can thank the Pilgrims for bringing the onion with them on the Mayflower to the markets of New England, and the rest is history, as they say.
Onions are full of calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin C and choline (an essential nutrient that can only be obtained through food to help our nervous system). They are also a good source of vitamins A and K. Onions have more than 25 varieties of flavonoids that help prevent cellular damage and prevent diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
Red onions have been found to have more antioxidants than the yellow onion but all onions feed the beneficial bacteria in our guts. Onions are good for our skin, help strengthen our joints, improve our eye sight, nourish our hair, can relieve tooth aches and aid with restorative sleep. Who knew? A 2019 study published in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology revealed that adults who consumed high amounts of vegetables with vitamin C, like onions, had a 79 percent reduced risk of colon cancer. I may have to reconcile with onion with all it offers. Pass the breath mints, please.
A new movie with Robin Wright just released, and it is called Land. I urge you to see it on the big screen. She wrote, directed, produced and acted in a story of tragedy and triumph. The gist of the story line is she loses both her husband and son, and she doesn’t want to go on living. She packs everything up and heads to the wilderness where she buys a cabin to get away from civilization. At first, I think she goes there to die, but then nature has her way with her. She is forced to decide: does she really want to die or does she want to live? The scenery is spectacular and worth the ticket price alone, but Robin Wright carries the entire movie alone. It has an important message: only we can decide what we want our life to be.
Through an encounter with a neighbor, she learns the ways of the mountain and how to survive. Yet, she still had to decide if she wants to actually survive or slip away. For many, I think 2020 has pushed them to the brink, and they, too, are having to decide whether they want to keep going or give up. I hope you choose to live, but only you can make that choice. All the books, coaches, counselors, therapists and pastors cannot do that for you. Each of us must decide, and this applies to every aspect of our life. The biggest of which is are we going to settle for less than our best?
A positive of the last year is many are opting for a reboot and/or rebirth. When everything comes crashing down, it can be the perfect time to rebuild. Choose wisely what you will build, but create the life you want. Include only the things you desire and toss aside the rest. Decide you are worth healthy eating and exercise. Choose to manage your stress in a healthy way so you can live a long and happy life. Again, the choice is up to each of us. Make a decide.
Often times, a company’s employees are their greatest expense. I am shocked how many times, though, the very investment is wasted when a hiccup is encountered. Companies are made up of humans, and humans make mistakes. I highly encourage leaders to pause before overreacting. A person was hired for a reason: their background, skill, talent, connections, etc. Yet all of a sudden, that is easily tossed out the window? Not all infractions are equal, so I am not suggesting you keep a thief on the payroll. However, a misunderstanding or conflict should be resolved, not retaliated. This requires leaders to check their egos at the door and attempt to rebuild the bridge, not blow it up.
This is where a coach can come in handy. As a nonbiased, third party, a coach can come along side the employee on notice or PIP (performance improvement plan) and address the issues at hand. The leader must be willing to spell out what behaviors need to cease, change or continue and what the expected outcome is so that the individual is set up for success. Yes, there is a cost associated with hiring a coach for say 3 to 6 months, but it is pennies compared to loss the knowledge that employee holds. You invested a significant amount of money to hire the person – why not go for the save?
Sometimes talking through the situation with a coach or business consultant like myself can help you take a step back to make an appropriate decision. I’d be happy to help with a FREE 30-minute consult. Should coaching be required, I welcome the opportunity to help.
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