Re-Charging your Batteries
Advertising has done it again. It has made me associate one weird thing with another, except in this case the association may not be so weird. When I think of batteries I think of the Energizer Bunny. You know the one, “still going”.
The Energizer Bunny can be symbolic of many of our lives, especially mine. I get so caught up in keeping things in motion that I sometimes lose sight of the direction and the purpose. Especially during this time of year it can be important to take time to recharge your batteries. Even the best battery needs to be recharged sometime and each one of us is the same way. Let’s talk about how to do this.
When a battery runs low you have two choices. If it is a disposable battery, you recycle it or throw it away, hopefully the former and not the latter. If it is a rechargeable battery you take it out of the entity it powers and put it into a charging mechanism where it gets refurbished, recharged and rejuvenated. One of the most important things is to take it out of the situation that is draining the power. If you don’t do that the battery will never get back to peak condition.
Each one of us is a rechargeable battery. Some are 6 volts, some are 12 volts and some may be even higher voltage. Don’t take this literally, but let me explain. Voltage is the pressure that moves electrons along their path. Higher voltage relates to higher pressure or possibly higher activity. When our batteries run down the most important thing we can do is disengage from what we are pouring ourselves into. Trying to recharge while we are working, even 50%, is somewhat self-defeating and it does not allow us to get the complete recharge we may need. I know, this is the pot calling the kettle black, because I never fully disengage. The truth is that we all need to pull the plug from our work and those things that distract and engage us to get those batteries recharged. This allows us to take a step back and gain perspective on just about everything we are dealing with. The world will not stop revolving when you do so, trust me.
Turn off that phone, close that laptop lid and turn off that tablet. Go look at the moon, watch the sun set, or read a good book. Do not watch a bunch of television, but disengage completely from your work and from all technology. We live in a world where we are tethered to technology and if you are like me you are constantly distracted by this mess.
The end of the year is the perfect time to recharge your batteries. While you are un-tethered from technology, spend time with your spouse or family, your children, grandchildren, parents or anyone else who really matters. By doing so you will recharge not only your own batteries, but also put a boost into theirs.
I hope this post helps. I am heading out for the last trip of the year today and I plan to disengage just a little after I return.
Have a blessed Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
Get recharged and pass this along!