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When you peel an onion, you find a new shiny layer. Then if you gently peel this second onion layer, you find a third one.

Each layer yields a new fresh layer, different from its predecessor.

The onion represents life, particularly for those who continue to challenge themselves to grow.

Difficult situations present opportunities to dig deeper, peel that onion, and perhaps change and evolve to better meet the times.

Sometimes peeling that onion layer may be so potent (and/or painful) it brings tears to your eyes. In the end, it’s the easier softer way to face change.

This view towards problems, difficulties, and changing environments helps me professionally as well as personally.

If we refuse to face the next layer of an onion, it’s inevitable that the current one will dry and eventually rot. One could say the same about the various aspects of our lives.

Imagine if I insisted that blogging/writing should be the exact same as it was for me in 2006?

First of all you’d be reading five long thick paragraphs, and there would be no photograph. Those of you reading on a mobile phone would have already bounced off the site.

Second, the content wouldn’t be relevant to you or us collectively because it’d be about me. Enough about me, what do you think about me?

Fortunately, it’s 2012. Whew.

We all face constant change in media, communications, and the very norms of sociological interaction online. Life brings more serious challenges at times.

How do you face change and uncertainty?


  • Love this, Geoff. Comparison to an onion is perfect. I’ve been exploring changes in my writings also along these same lines. Do I change? Do I keep writing for others or what I believe to be for others? I’ve decided to make my posts concise and offer thinking points, even if the discussions aren’t on my blog. If someone takes a thought away from what I write and uses it or discusses it elsewhere….I feel like I’ve done what I want to do. People hate change because it forces them into action, that action could be a very simple process or even a physical change. Uncertainty is another topic…personally I hate it. The fear of the unknown. I’m very impatient at times and uncertainty causes my own insecurities to run rampant.

    •  True, yet change is inevitable and uncertainty, well, we only have one certainty; that the lights will go out.  The rest is well a struggle. Or not.  It’s definitely a hard thing to wrap around, and yet we can entrench ourselves in overthought.  A good comment, thank you.

  •  Hi Geoff,

    I’ve never been one to shy away from challenges and am on an everyday mission to improve every aspect of my life.

    I think that comes from an attitude of desiring to be stretched, changed and morphed into that person I’ve always dreamed of being and clearly seeing how much room there is for improvement.

    Damn onions are bringing a tear to my eye :o

    Thanks for inspiring bro!

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