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A Toy Story: Complete and Empowered

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Christmas time!  And that often means new toys, which usually need…batteries! Have you ever found yourself scrambling after the gifts were open to find some blasted Duracells or Energizers…praying they’d be the right size?

Because toys designed to run on batteries aren’t as much fun without the batteries. They don’t work without power. And there is nothing wrong there; it’s just how they are designed.

I’ve been thinking about what it means to live empowered, and am noticing it is possible for something to be complete and whole and yet without power. This is true for battery-run objects, and it is true for anything that is alive. Anything alive burns up energy and so requires more energy be put back into its system on a regular basis in order to stay alive. Life requires life.

Anything alive requires energy be put back into its system on a regular basis in order to stay alive. Life requires life.

A client came into my office one day exhausted. He felt stress from work, stress from home. He had only a couple hours sleep each night for the past week. He exclaimed, “I don’t understand why I can’t handle this? What’s wrong with me?” I said, “There’s nothing wrong with you. You need sleep. This is what happens when you’re depleted. Nothing is broken. You need to recharge.”

Have you ever seen a really young child play with a toy ’til the battery runs out, and then start to cry thinking the toy must be broken?  What I’ve noticed is that we humans will neglect the fundamentals for keeping ourselves charged up, and then freak out thinking we’re broken and something’s wrong with us when in fact we’re just out of power.  Being alive—plants, animals, people—requires a continual flow of energy in order to grow and express. This is not a flaw in design. This is the design. The only thing that running out of power means is that we’ve run out of power. There is nothing wrong with it. It’s just how being alive works.

This is not a FLAW in design.

This IS the design.

As we close out 2015 and welcome in 2016, you may find yourself in a very busy season. Maybe you’re feeling the impact of running on fumes right now. There are practices you can engage in everyday to recharge, fuel up and connect to real power. Your intention here—where you are coming from—really matters. You can do these practices either from a context of fixing what you perceive as wrong with you or from a context of growing and expressing your aliveness. One leaves you in greater bondage, the other greater freedom.  Where will you choose to live from?

Our design requires we stay connected to power to REALLY live.

Notice that being complete and being empowered are separate matters. I say we are complete by design already AND that design requires we stay connected to power in order to really live. Jesus gave us an incredible example in what is possible for us when we remain connected to true life.  He said, “Apart from me you can do nothing.” Imagine the life you would create this next year if you were intentional to be empowered everyday. How would you show up then? And you can start it right now. Happy New Year!

For ways to recharge today, check out: Imagine Your Very Best Self, 35 Powerful Ways To Show Some Love, Sleep When I’m DeadShut It Down

For more on being Complete & Whole, check out: Biggest Hollywood LieNothing To Fix

Be Great!

Becky

Becky Henderson
Becky Henderson
I am a catalyst to uncover the blocks and barriers getting in your way of creating the life you desire. Together we can transform the obstacles into opportunities. I listen to what you say…and what you do not say. Similar to a mirror, I show you what you cannot see on your own right now, and tell you what is necessary to create the results you are looking for. I value who you are and where you want to go in life.
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  • Roger
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    “Being alive—plants, animals, people—requires a continual flow of energy in order to grow and express. This is not a flaw in design. This is the design.”

    GREAT! I really appreciate your insight. Elegantly simple perspective.

    Keep it up!

    • Becky Henderson
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      Roger, thanks so much! Sorry for the delayed response; I’ve been offline this past week. Your words are very encouraging. So glad this is valuable to you!

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