Day 2206: How to use your energy

When I was using my energy, yesterday, to return to work after a week at Disney World, I saw this energetic teabag saying:


An hour earlier, I saw many people using their energy to destroy a building.


Sometimes we have to destroy what’s there to build something new in its place.  Of course, that takes a lot of energy.

An hour before I took that photo, I had the energy to take this one:


No matter how much I summon my strength, I have less energy in the winter and also as I’m getting older.  So it becomes even more crucial how I choose to use my energy.

I didn’t have the energy to take any more photos yesterday, but I do have the energy to list what I am NOT using my energy on, these days:

  • worry about the future,
  • regret about the past,
  • guilt,
  • shame,
  • judgment,
  • toxic people,
  • anger, and
  • the news.

However, I do have the energy to think about positive, achievable solutions and I do have the energy to take the next, small steps towards those solutions. I think those are good uses of my energy.

Yesterday, at my first day back at work, many things happened that could have sapped my energy — like multiple crisis calls coming at the same time AND a patient showing up a day earlier than she was scheduled.  It always helps my energy to embrace “the full catastrophe” of life and I survived another work day, with energy to spare.  I’m glad I’m using my energy, at this phase of my life, on work I love and value.

Now I’m using my energy to share the original use of “the full catastrophe” in a very energetic movie.

Here‘s another energizing scene from Zorba the Greek:

I hope you use your energy to share your thoughts and feelings about this post.

As always, I use my energy to express gratitude to all who help me create this blog and — of course! — to YOU, for using your energy to read it.



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24 thoughts on “Day 2206: How to use your energy

  1. Travel always seems to sap my energy and takes awhile to recharge, even in the same time zone.

  2. Here’s to channeling our energy for our wellness❤️ much love, Barbara x

  3. Winter is tougher to summon the strength, yes, Ann, I agree.

  4. You have made some wise choices in how you direct your energy, Ann.

  5. I always feel energized after reading your post, my friend. (((⌒°(ᴖ◡ᴖ)°⌒)))

  6. E ven
    N ow
    E veryone
    R ealizes the
    G reatness of
    Y outh

    … and the energy youth embodies.
    As we mature, energy wanes, but spiritually, we can remain new each day. Thank God for our daily energy!

  7. I’ve always liked that expression “the full catastrophe.” We’re all navigating it, and that does take energy.

  8. Let not your heart be troubled! Energy is not wanting in those who tackle the challenges of the day with one hand while keeping a firm hold on God’s hand with the other.

  9. This morning I got up my energy stayed in bed………………

  10. Knowing that the old has to give way to the new takes a little of the sting out of losing familiar things. And sometimes I find that destroying something old gives me the energy to make something new.

    • The energy you generate on WordPress, Chris, by constantly making something new, takes the sting out of a lot of things.

  11. I really reviewed your list of things unworthy of your energy, Ann, and I’m going state the same intention for myself. It’s a wonderful list and I thank you! 🙂

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