Thursday, September 15, 2016

SickHumansSickOrganizations

I was sick, but didn't know it.  I was extremely well-fed, but grossly malnourished.  I was replete with exercise, but couldn't seem to achieve optimum fitness.  Truly, I was sicker than I knew.

Why?  For about 40 years of my adult life I believed I could eat what I wanted, and as much of it as I wanted, as long as I out-exercised the negative impact of said diet. 

What I didn't realize was how sick I had let myself become.  Part of that delusion was driven by the fact that, compared to the average bear, I always felt and seemed relatively healthy.   

Once I learned (via Dr. Ben Edwards, Dr. Roby Mitchell, Dr. Robert Lustig, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Joseph Mercola, and Dr. David Perlmutter - all can easily be found on the internet) that my holistic health is driven by the ratio of 80% diet:20% exercise, I finally came to the realization that I was doing it all wrong.  It was the FOOD (i.e., the inputs) that was the key to my health, or lack thereof.  (A corollary epiphany was that I had been duped for decades by marketers, corporations, and governmental entities that never held my health as a primary objective.)

The negative and often long-term impact of poor nutrition is insidious in nature.  It chips away at our physical, cognitive, and emotional/spiritual health little by little, over time.

We can, however, choose health.  As Dr. Edwards says, we can start by "eating what our body needs, and quit eating what it doesn't."  

Now for the leap:  Since organizations, like human bodies, are living, breathing, thinking, ORGANISMS, the same health prescription holds true.  Leaders of said organizations (e.g., a family, a church, a school, a business, or a nation) are morally obligated to attend to the health and wellbeing of that organization.  We (the leaders) must make thoughtful decisions about appropriate organizational "nutrition," organizational "rest," and organizational "exercise."

Sick humans make for sick organizations.  Sick organizations make for sick humans.  

We can reverse the trends.


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