Life is the spending and replenishing of energy. - The Rhythm of Life, Matthew Kelly
Kelly says energy is our most valuable resource, we don't need more time, we need more energy......after dealing with illness for quite some time, I have to agree with him. Everyone I talk with, seems burned out....well other than my husband Rick, who is retired and mostly fly fishes and writes.
True, I constantly hear people say things about wishing for more hours in the day......but in the scheme of things, I think it does come down to our energy, how we spend it, how we waste it. We multi task, we overload,
and still think and scheme about how to do more. No wonder we numb our bodies and minds with drugs and alcohol! If energy is our most valuable resource, do we think about how we spend it? Do we think about how to restore it? Not only do we waste our personal energy, but we waste the planet's as well, seemingly with no thoughts about replenishing or saving.
The doctor told me to rest this weekend, how rarely do I do that, how rarely do any of us do that? My infection is finally gone, but with no rest, no restoration of energy.......I could be right back where I was in no time. Sobering thought, and scary as hell.
So this energy what to do, how to save and replenish? Simple basics, good nourishing food, lots of water,
some movement, some rest, productive work, time with friends and family, doing something you love(even if you can't make a living at it). The really sad news, we are teaching our kids, to expend their energy constantly, they go to school, sports, activities, they hit burn out before they are teens. Fast food, fast lives,
no sleep, you can't keep spending and not replenish, not save a little every once in a while.
I have given much thought to my energy consumption these last few months.......where I spend it, who I spend it with, and how I spend it. I learned several years ago to avoid those who "vex the spirit", but really there are energy robbers out there too......who will take all you have and never look back. Now, I am trying to avoid those as well. I am way choosier about when and where I teach these days, about doing the things I love, and spending time with people who help to restore my energy. I am way past working on relationships, I offer my love, and all that I can......you accept or not.
Believe it or not, I seem to have more time these days....... to see friends, to play music, to enjoy the good.
Yes, there are moments when I think.....oh no, not enough time and then I think.....since creation.....a day is a day, a night is a night......my choice on how to spend them, my choice on spend or replenish my energy.
Energy.....spend wisely, and save for a rainy day.