Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Looking for a Bright Side

Ask the Life Coach


Dear Coach,

So many bad things have happened because of the pandemic, I’m wondering if anything positive has come out of it. You wrote about using Zoom a while back so I suppose that’s one good thing. What else?


Looking for Positives



Dear Looking,

You’re right about all the negatives. In fact, I just wrote a blog about how much, we as a nation, need empathy from our leaders. We need to have opportunities to grieve our losses. Think how meaningful the 9/11 Memorial Services are with names being read and the bell being rung. However, I digress from your question.

I think one positive outcome of recent months, among others, has been the return to home cooking.

People in lockdown began to cook again out of necessity. Even now, with restaurants open to capacity in Florida, many vulnerable people are staying home and cooking like never before in recent times. 

The family meal—long-threatened—has partially returned. 

People planted gardens; seed sales soared. 

“So, what’s good about all this?” asks the beleaguered home cook. 

Our health, for one thing. Home cooking generally means healthier meals with more fruits and vegetables, less fats, starches, and chemicals. 

I believe that magic happens when families sit down to eat a home-cooked meal together. Conversations, relaxation, appreciation. 

I hope we don’t return to our Grab ’n Go eating style of the past. I hope this is one change that sticks around for a while. 

Mershon Niesner is a Certified Life Coach and author of “Mom’s Gone, Now What? Ten Steps to Help Daughters Move Forward After Mother Loss” which is available on Amazon and Sunshine Booksellers. For more information, visit www.mershonniesner.com. Email your coaching questions to askcoachmershon@gmail.com. Your identity will be kept confidential.



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