You Get What You Give

JoAnna Bennett

JoAnna Bennett, O’Brien Communications Group

14 May 2020

We have several client companies that develop software for the insurance industry. From time to time, they mention dissatisfied customers. In most instances, those customers are less than content because the software doesn’t do what they expected it to, typically because their pre-implementation input was incomplete. The software works the way the software works. But if a customer provides incorrect or incomplete information (input), they get upset about incorrect or incomplete processing by the software (output). It seems like an unfair predicament.

We’re fortunate that our clients are also good people. They don’t point fingers and tell their customers to go scratch. They usually have meetings to uncover the issues and land on favorable outcomes. The projects may take longer than initially anticipated, but their customers typically end up with more correct and more complete results.

You Are What You Eat

This same concept goes for your body. If you eat fast food, sugary soda, and cookies, you’ll likely have the physique to match. The reverse is true as well: If you eat vegetables, fruits, proteins, and whole grains … I’m sure you get the point. Mental health is no different from physical health. If you put anxiety and stressful inputs in, you’ll likely manifest stress and anxiety in your life. If you choose more healthy inputs – yoga, meditation, or gardening – you’ll likely be more inclined to have a more relaxing existence.

Let the Sun Shine

The sun has been shining brightly, and I’ve tried to get outside to soak up the beautiful rays while writing, listening to music, and getting my work done. The days of being locked inside – unless donning a down feather covering – are over. And my body and mind are thankful. The sun’s warmth on my skin is invigorating. The sounds of the birds incessantly tweeting are stimulating. The feel of the grass between my toes is grounding. The world may still be closed, but the outdoors has been opened.

My backyard can’t be taken away. It’s mine. Its upkeep is solely on my shoulders, but its benefits are endless. The weekends are filled with mowing the lawn, picking the weeds, planting flowers, and other manual yard-beautifying activities, but I get to look at what I’ve accomplished with a deep-felt appreciation. What I put in, I get out.

You are what you eat. Garbage in, garbage out. We decide – whether we believe it or not – what our lives will become. We are so much more powerful than we give ourselves credit for. Do you crave acceptance? Then accept others. Do you desire peace? Then strive for a peaceful existence. Do you want love? Then love yourself.

We have a choice. What do you choose?