Energy-where do you get it when you think you have none left? Literally & figuratively.
It's 4:30pm on a Tuesday and my daughter just found me asleep in our car with C-SPAN's re-broadcast of today's US Supreme Court oral arguments about health care markets playing on the radio. When the honeymoon period of any new day or new project is over, how do you power up - how can we power up each other?
Jill, I'm not sure I feel like I have the energy that I actually WANT to be able to keep up with causes and civil discourse. Most days I'm just keeping my head above water and I have about 20 blog posts that never get written because I am content to share online in social media.
I like your question about powering up one another, but I guess I do it with the idea of surrounding myself with smarter people than myself whose causes line up with mine and support each other that way. Maybe we can just continue to share those things because I see them come to fruition with the people with whom I'm associated. Like you.
:) Thanks, Kelly. I have to say that that finding support in others is so enhanced by online engagement. I know that naysayers esp. of years long gone now would say that online engagement is a drain but I am 100% cerrtain that my output, creativity and energy have benefited enormously because of finding so many people and causes of interest to me that I'd never find if not for online. Maybe we find energy because we just keep looking for it, making it. Something.
Thanks for taking the time for replying!
In my very best Walter Brooke voice...
"I just wnat to say one word to you. Just one word...
"Are you listening?
Seriously. Check out Willpower by Roy Baumeister. All the answers are in there, but you're not going to like what he has to say.
HA - you make me laugh. I look forward to checking that out. And I will confess that the one thing I was thinking I'd do this afternoon to locate more energy? Eat a piece of my youngest's birthday cake. Instead, though? I made some decaf coffee and sweetened it with that nondairy creamer stuff - hopefully won't stop my heart just yet. :)
If I'm spending a lot of time and energy on a long project...especially something that is ongoing, I find I need to do something small and physical that has a definitive end and result to recharge.
This could be something like cleaning out a junk drawer to finishing a small craft. The key for me is choosing something that I can physically look at with the satisfaction of knowing I completed it.