I haven’t been unhealthy in nearly two years. Pull out the double-negative from the last sentence and it sounds much nicer – I’ve been healthy for the last two years.
This continuous condition of health is especially odd because of adverse added factors of stress that have recently impacted my life in several areas:
Odder still, most of my life I’ve struggled with physical ailments – born with pneumonia, respiratory allergies, food allergies, and the like. Add to it that I didn’t do anything about my respiratory allergies nor understand my food allergies for about 40 years on this earth.
These hypersensitivities compromised me physically, to where my body was always fighting something to remain healthy. Therefore, at its best, my immune system was only at 70% of capacity. In fact, I used to get sick (cold, flu, asthma, etc.) about 6-8 times a year. Each bout would knock me out for a day or four. I literally could not breathe out of my nose. Ever.
Finally, with the encouragement and elbow jabbing from my wife, I did something about it. I took allergy shots, I had nasal surgery, I tested for and stayed away from reactionary foods. And it worked. I became ‘normal’ in my breathing and my general health. I only felt unwell about twice a year, like most everyone else.
But for the past two years, I’ve not been ill to any real extent - no cold, no flu, no severe allergic reactions, no upset stomach. Nothing. I began to wonder why.
I took notice of my eating habits and my exercise habits – no change there. I took notice of my social habits and conversations – no change there. Then I overheard my wife say to our daughters, “remember to take your Juice Plus.” And I, of course took mine. A routine I started about two years ago.
Wait. Could it be? That seemed to be the only significant variable.
My wife, since I’ve known her – over 20 years now – rarely gets sick. So, I asked, “Remind me, how long you’ve been supplementing Juice Plus?”
“15 years, why?” she said.
“These vitamins work, don’t they?”
“They’re NOT vitamins; they’re FOOD. And yes, I swear by them.”
“Oh, right – food.”
Rather than wait 40 more years to better my health, I did a bit more research on the stuff I’d been digesting for the past two years. Now, I don’t usually endorse products or people, unless I’ve done my due diligence. Here’s what I found out:
Ok, here’s how all this stuff relates to our business, communications, employees, and culture. We must begin with ourselves. Specifically, our health. Because we cannot give what we don’t have. In other words, we must first be an example by hosting positive and healthy energy – only then are we able to share with others.
A positive healthy energy is a powerful tool in helping to better an individual, a team, a division, and an organization. In that order.
Here’s my next step – Juice Plus offers a Tower Garden to grow our own food (also lesson plans for classrooms gardening.) I’m in – for the good of my family’s health!
And yes, I’ll be needing those lesson plans. Just 60 more days ‘til Spring.
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