A Solution to the World’s Energy Crisis

According to anecdotal evidence, the recession has created a generic sense of crankiness in my dear home country. The United States, in particular, is experiencing a new kind of energy crisis that concerns me. But, I have an idea on how we might reach a solution.

“Where on Earth do you get all your energy?” I get asked quite frequently.

If you have ever watched children, they are full of it. Somewhere along the line, we start to lose it as we enter the teen years (or it gets rerouted in the strangest of ways. Sleeping until noon, but staying up until all hours). Then we gain momentum again as hormones get sorted out and life takes on some kind of form.

By thirty, we are on a downward slope once again, especially if you have children of your own. One year when my children were really young, my mother asked me what I wanted for my birthday. My response: “Eight hours of consecutive sleep.” I certainly wasn’t the energetic bunny I am today. Sleep deprivation can do that to a person.

To answer the question where I get all my energy, it comes from years of stripping away the unnecessary (I kept the kids. They are indeed necessary!). Worry can weigh you down like a rock. Slough it off like a snake removes its skin and you’d be surprised at how much energy you’ll discover.

Focus is another one. If you know what you want, focus on it. Think about it. A lot. Ask yourself, “What is important to me today?” Then do that thing first.

Embrace change. Let it go through you. Release resistance. Accept.

Hug a tree. It’s incredibly grounding and puts your head back in order on those days when the world gets to be too much.

Talk to someone who can help you. I recently had a phone call with a new friend who was looking to jumpstart her writing career. She already had all the answers to her questions; I was simply there to help her discover them for herself. With a travelling husband and no full-time job, she had a lot of time, but no focus, which can be exhausting.

It comes down to energy management. If channeled correctly, you can reach your goals so much faster by ignoring things that would distract you. Surround yourself with people who give you energy. Stay away from the energy vampires that take without replenishing your supply.

And remember to have fun, which is energizing in itself.

If you aren’t clear where to put your energy, develop a new vision for yourself. Put together a new way of thinking about your life. Step-by-step you will make choices based on that new belief system. As if by magic, you will start to burst with renewed strength.

Then, when people will ask you “Where on Earth do you get all that energy?”, share your secret so they too can experience the same.

I’m starting to think we might be able to solve the world’s energy crisis together after all. Do you believe?



  1. Willow

    July 6, 2012 at 1:58 am

    Sx straight days of close if not beyond triple digit temperatures here in the US with no electricity, I am energy sapped. Storms
    took down electric lines and tempers have flared. Someone even honked when I didn’t rush on the accelerator in Charlottesville, VA this afternoon when the light turned green. That hardly EVER happens in the gentle Southland. Taking this advice to heart, dear Christine, taking it to heart.

    1. powerofslow

      July 6, 2012 at 6:49 am

      Hang in there, Mama. It will soon be a distant memory. People do seem on edge these days.

      Hugs and love, Cri

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  3. l0ve0utl0ud

    July 6, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    I agree – if we only live with the essentials, focus on what we love and what is important, surround ourselves with positive people and connect to nature, we are adding energy to our lives. I LOVE hugging trees, by the way! 🙂

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  5. strawberryindigo

    July 18, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I loved your post and I am going out to hug a tree right now. You know, I’ve done that before and it seems like they hug back. 🙂

    1. powerofslow

      July 18, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      Thank you, Strawberry. They do indeed hug back!

  6. Willow Drinkwater

    July 31, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Just burned the rice while on the telephone in the other room, getting away from the smell of polyurethane on the hardwood floors that are getting repaired from an overflowed sink. I am headed to hug a tree!

    1. powerofslow

      July 31, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      Sounds like a tree hugs is the right thing for you right now!

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