“People spend too much time finding other people to blame, too much energy finding excuses for not being what they are capable of being, and not enough energy putting themselves on the line, growing out of the past, and getting on with their lives.” ~ Joseph Michael Straczynski …
Where are our time and energy spent? We all have the same amount of them available to us each day–the same limitless possibilities and potential to make what we want to of our lives. We can use it in wasteful or selfish ways blaming others, making up excuses, hiding behind fear, or carelessly letting our days slip between our fingers–but we do so at our own peril; for acting in such ways puts our happiness and fulfillment in life at great risk.
It is ironic how concerned many of us are with wasting energy heating our homes in the winter and cooling them in the summer. We will watch the thermostat like a hawk to save a few dollars, knowing full well the direct correlation between energy spent and the cost it has on our wallet. But how often do we fail to apply this same idea in our own lives? How many times do we lay our possibility and potential to waste by expending it in ways that are neither helpful nor healthy?
As a parent, for example, there are certain behaviors in my children that I try to overlook because I have to consider the trade-off in energy–is the amount of energy required of me to attempt to control those behaviors worth it? Sometimes it is; but if the answer is no, then perhaps I should find better ways to use my energy and time–better avenues of approach and more efficient and manageable ways. Keep in mind that this worth is open to interpretation and requires our best judgment–if it benefits my child, or is a necessary course of action, then it is definitely not wasted and is worthwhile.
The key to spending our energy in positive, productive, and uplifting ways is becoming completely aware of the fact that everything we do in life channels our energy in some direction. At that point, we can choose to make those directions ones that will enrich the world around us and bring about meaning, purpose, and fulfillment in our lives.
Ensure that your energy is spent wisely.
Questions to consider:
What are some of the ways in which you spend your energy? How have you spent it today?
Are there things on which you spend your energy that you would rather it not be spent? If so, how might you change things?
What does “growing out of the past” mean to you? What are some ways in which you might begin to do so?
For further thought:
“For every minute you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson