Today’s Microwave Society

By Joanne R. Kanute


microwave-29056_640Today, people seem to want everything instantly! Have you noticed the "hurry-up," quick atmosphere we live in? What effect does this “microwave society” have on our health, wellness, and self-image?

The Urban Dictionary defines "microwave society" as “the mindset of wanting (and nearly getting) everything 'right now.'”

Many people feel they don’t have the time to prepare a meal. They resort to fast food, take-out orders, super market delis, frozen foods, and boxed foods. If they can’t purchase it, their family doesn’t get it.

With the increased consumption of prepared foodswhich contain many preservatives, high sodium content, and high levels of fats and sugarshealth conditions are on a dramatic rise. 50 million Americans are overweight, 57 million Americans are pre-diabetic, childhood obesity is on the rise, and cancer rates are rapidly increasing.

The Microwave Society is about everything being fast and easy with little to no regard for future health, wellbeing, and self-image taken into consideration. Our eating habits are not the only factor affected by the Microwave Society; many say they don’t have time to exercise! In reality, you don’t have time to not exercise. This form of lifestyle is also having adverse effects on our self-image and self-esteem. When we don’t take the time for self-care, our physical and mental condition deteriorates.

Exercise is not only good for the body but also great for the mind. Exercise helps control weight, lower diabetes (of US residents 65 and older, 26.9% have diabetes; of people younger than 20 years of age, 215,000 have diabetes), increase circulation (5.8 million people in the US have heart failure), lower cholesterol (16.3% of the US population has high cholesterol), increase lung capacity, help control blood pressure (31.3% of US adults has high blood pressure), and lowers your stress level, which will improve your sleep.

Stress is responsible for 70-80% of the disease in America! 75-90% of all doctor office visits are stress related ailments or conditions which have an adverse effect on our sleep patterns. When we lack sleep, we tend to respond to issues differently than when we are rested, which then triggers additional stress in our lives.

Dan Rather states, “We have a sleep crisis; it is no longer a priority for the average American.”  80 to 90% of people say they don’t get enough sleep.

The Microwave Society also has an adverse effect on families. Many families no longer take the time to eat their evening meals together and converse about their days, making the meal an enjoyable family experience. This brings less communication as a family, which in turn brings about a higher stress level in the household.

We need to get back to the basics and bring a balance back into our lives. Focus on the what more than the what if, and experience life as a journey rather than a series of ending points or a marathon.

We all need to step back and analyze what we are doing to our body, our health, our self-image, and our families in today's Microwave Society. What lifestyle changes can you make to improve your health and wellness which will enable you to lead a fuller life and have a better self-image?

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.” B. Olatunji

Statistics used from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
© 2015 Joanne R Kanute Companies LLC


Oct. 2010 012Joanne is a Board Certified Master Certified Life Coach, earning her credentials through Light University and American Association of Christian Counselors. Life coaching is about helping people clarify their visions and goals, then holding you accountable to that vision and goal. Coaching is about moving forward, leaving your past behind. Coaching is about reaching beyond your feelings of limitations and focus to achieve your goals, which is our goal. Our later years in life is about refocusing, regrouping and recharging! In conjunction to Life Coaching, Joanne speaks to groups, organizations, corporations, also does workshops and seminars.

Taking Time to Love Your Business

by Karen Lindwall-Bourg


Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
and establish the work of our hands upon us;
yes, establish the work of our hands!

Psalm 90:17

Love is in the air! Just like every February. This year, why not show some love to your business? Try out these suggestions to help your business grow.



Send personal notes to your clients.

You might not have the type of business where you can send a personal note to each customer; if that’s the case, you can pick out a strategic few. Consider how much more of an impact you can have if the note is handwritten. Keep it short and personal. Think of it as a professional “Valentine” for your clients and customers.


Reach out with a handwritten inquiry to a new contact.

Who is the one person you’ve wanted to contact and start building a relationship? This is a networking contact that has the potential to show your business love and for whom you can reciprocate. Send a personal and specific handwritten note introducing yourself and offering value to your contact. Spend some time creating your letter. Don’t forget to politely request a response or offer a specific time you will follow-up.


Use this short month to accomplish that “to-do” you keep pushing back.

Boy, do I need this one!  The list grows!  We all have that thing on our to-do list we push back from month to month. Use these 28 days to get it done. Focus on the fact that you only have this month to finish it, and finally cross it off the list!


Invest in yourself to grow your biz.

You can’t do it all by yourself. Now, we superwomen can do a lot, but there are some things you just need help with. Take some time to determine a good way to invest in yourself or in your business to help it grow. Maybe you should commit to a coaching program, or perhaps your investment should be in a virtual assistant to help free up your time. You know what area of your business needs some love better than anyone.karenfeb2


Take some time off to recharge.

Entrepreneurs tend to work all the time. So, it is very important we schedule time off to rest and recharge. Taking a little time off for self-care can open up the creative flow again. Rest can actually make you more productive and more creative. Consider taking a break when your ideas are starting to feel stale.


Schedule a brainstorming session.

If you are stuck and not coming up with new ideas or the next steps on how to grow your business, schedule a session with some trusted business women. Brainstorming sessions should focus on collecting as many ideas as possible without filtering and without judging. Once you get a list, you can discuss which idea will work best for you. You can also use a brainstorming session to help devise an implementation plan for an idea you already have.


You know your business better than anyone. You know where it needs a little TLC and what is going well. Take some time to give yourself and/or your business a little extra love this month. It will help enhance your clarity, improve your creativity, and invigorate your purpose.


Karen Lindwall-Bourg is the Founder of RHEMA Counseling Associates, a Biblical Counseling, KarenLCoaching, and Training Center seeking to honor the Lord by leading others to the Sovereign God and the cross and Life of Jesus Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit and equipped with the Sufficient Word [Greek: rhema] of God for abundant life and ministry. Karen lives with her husband Fred in North Central Texas, and spends as much time as possible with their 6 children, 5 grandchildren, extended family, and menagerie of ranch animals.