I’ve been incredibly resistant to accepting what works for me. To acknowledge it here is a show of courage. Here goes.
I buy acrylic paints in primary colours and paint freely. The act of mixing colours and painting creates a fuel as rich and powerful as crude oil. Performing on the page (often very simply and childlike) boosts my energy levels. I can physically feel the delight of my inner child, and her glee boosts my energy reserves. What’s not to like about that?
Well - my inner critic is hard to please. She likes to win and, as cruelly as any Dickensian baddie, she beats my inner child into submission who then sulks in the corner. I find myself in physical pain and listless.
I've learnt I have to paint or else...
My belief is we’re born to create - whether it is ‘needed’ or not. We have to self-express to feel vibrantly alive. The energy has to go somewhere. I’m also a natural cheerleader - I enjoy people. Being seen and encouraged by others has had a huge impact on my life. I like passing it forward.
Quite simply, as sociable creatures, I believe we’re here to jolly each other along as we cross each other’s paths. And when it’s heartfelt, it makes life worth living.
Money is essential - bills have to be paid, but our primary wealth is our health.
When asked what surprised him about humanity the most, the Dalai Lama said
Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.
Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health."
Our energy reserves are ours to spend and just because the elixir of youth allows you to make massive energy withdrawals, it’s not a smart way to live. Being smart with your energy affords the delicious experience of feeling vitally alive.
Learning about your unique energy style is time and money well spent.
I invite you to explore ways to manage your health reserves, by discovering what boosts and what drains you. Your energy patterns are unique to you, and your self-care is best tailor-made to be effective.
With money so tight, businesses are focussed on staying afloat, with little room for tracking employee workloads. If one in a team goes sick, the others pick up the slack - assuming they’re not over-stretched already.
Employee or self-employed, your business will benefit if you make your health a priority. Going sick is costly for all involved. And worst case, being spat out by the business as it speeds along.
Apart from anything, work (and life) is much more enjoyable with energy!