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.
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.