How can we generate and
conserve enough energy to keep us resilient in times of crisis or
Webster defines equanimity
as a habit of mind that is only rarely disturbed under great
strain. Equanimity is the practice of right disposition,
stability, and balance.
Energy reserves can be
replenished daily through the discipline of balance. Balance
provides flexibility, a quality essential for responding in
positive ways to events in all of the major life areas. How
can we begin achieving equanimity and balance?
Do Something Enjoyable
Balance includes taking
time daily for relaxation and participation in activities that we
enjoy. What do you like to do? Take a sheet of paper
or open a text file on your computer now, and write ten things
that you love most. Then pick one of those things and do it
A wise friend once told me
that she kept a happy book. It contained hundreds of things
she loved most -- things that made her smile, laugh and
daydream. Each day, she made sure she did a few of the
things in her happy book. This became a great way to
replenish the energy consumed during daily living.
Maintain Total Wellness
Wellness is an actively
sought state of health. It includes spiritual, mental and
physical well-being. We can perform better under pressure,
recover from setbacks, and minimize resiliency fatigue by
strengthening our spirits, minds and bodies.
If you feel chronically
fatigued, see your physician. Regular health care checkups
can help to prevent illness and maintain wellness. Physical
fitness, meditation, and gratitude-focused prayer increase energy
levels tremendously. Always check with a physician before
beginning any exercise or nutritional program.
It is easy to resist making
necessary changes in our lifestyle. We would rather not
acknowledge habits and tolerations that work against us.
Change is uncomfortable.
However, it is an
unbreakable spiritual law that whatever we resist will persist and
thrive by consuming our energy. What are you resisting that
could be stealing your energy now?
Discard Time Excuses
"I don't have
time," usually means one of two things. It either means
the person doesn't manage time, or it means that they have other
Your priorities are
completely under your control. They will either give energy
to you or take energy away from you. If your priorities are
not in harmony with your values, they will consume your energy.
We are completely
responsible for how much time we dedicate to various
activities. We either control our schedules or our schedules
If we choose to work
ourselves to the bone without investing a few minutes in personal
growth, it's not because there is a lack of time. Rather,
it's simply our choice. We must live with its consequences.
Keep Nourishing Your
The ideas I've mentioned
will help you to create more reserve energy and resiliency.
I work from early morning until late afternoon on weekdays, then
exercise, read, and relax or socialize during the remaining hours.
One of my biggest joys is
writing Ezine issues and web pages on Sunday afternoons. The
computer plays peaceful, uplifting music as I work. Doing
things that we love in compelling ways naturally builds reserve
God created us with the
ability to be very resilient. However, we must nourish that
resiliency. So, He also provided ways to laugh, relax, and
enjoy improving our lives.
How will you increase
your energy reserve and resiliency today?
We can choose to restore
our internal energy reserves and become resilient. We can
create equilibrium and flexibility by engaging in enjoyable
activities, maintaining wellness, and taking responsibility for
our time expenditures. Perhaps we can even become as
resilient as those bamboo trees!
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© Copyright Steve
Brunkhorst. Steve is a professional life success coach,
motivational author, and the editor of Achieve! 60-Second
Nuggets of Inspiration, a popular mini-zine bringing great
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