“Energy creates energy. It is by spending myself that I become rich.” – Sarah Bernhardt, French stage and early film actress (1844-1923)
If you want more energy, it seems counterintuitive to spend more to get it. Yet that’s what often happens – if you put yourself into the mindset that it can. Although we may tell ourselves that we’re completely spent, that we haven’t one tinier bit of energy that we can eke out, we actually do have the ability to keep on going. Isn’t that what we’ve been doing for some time now, especially if we’re in recovery?
But spending yourself – using your energy – to become energy-rich? That’s a novel concept that might take some getting used to. For one thing, it sounds a bit selfish. Maybe that’s true, but being involved in self-care and deciding to do something good about you is decidedly a good thing, so if that might appear to be selfish at first glance, maybe a second look is warranted.
What is it about energy that we know that can apply here? There is a certain amount of momentum in energy that propels us forward. If we’re running downhill, for example, we gain more speed. It can even be hard to put on the brakes, so to speak, even if we want to. What about running on level ground? Even here we can attain a certain momentum, with each foot forward spurring us on. No matter that we may hit the “wall” of resistance, that point where we feel physically incapable of continuing on. With the expenditure of energy and the will to go on, we often can find that additional burst that’s required and keep at it.
Spending to become rich also sounds like impossibility. In conventional terms, yes, but if we spend wisely – whether money or energy – we’re doing something proactive, forward-thinking, and definitely good for our overall health and well-being.
Think of energy as a glowing furnace of never-ending fuel. It is a source that constantly renews itself – given proper attention – can be instantly rewarding and emotionally uplifting, not to mention physically rejuvenating. We need energy to live. We live as a result of our energy. What a wonderful gift energy is. So, think about spending some of our energy in order that we can become energy-rich. This is one case where being rich is something to aspire to.
The best part of all is that it’s free. How can we possibly argue with that?