I’ll never forget the time that I found instant energy. For a while I’d been trying to find the energy to get started on all the things I wanted to do. I’d be sitting in front of the television thinking “If only I could find the energy to get off this couch, my life would be a lot better.” I felt depressed and unmotivated.
I was too tired to get up and a get a knife, so during the commercial breaks I used my spoon to saw through the tape and open the package. I pulled out the packing peanuts to uncover a strange glow wrapped up in some paper. I unwrapped the paper and to my surprise, it was some Energy! I finally had some!
I jumped right up and cleaned the house. Then I wrote up my resume and went out and found my dream job. The money started rolling in. I started working out regularly, got real buff, and started dating a model. I learned to play guitar and joined a band. We made a record and went on a whirlwind European tour that included fine dining at…
I awoke to the opening tune of SpongeBob SquarePants. My bowl of Captain Crunch was all over my lap. It was just a dream. “God, I’m tired” I said. The minute I said that my eyes got real droopy. I thought about taking a nap right then and there but the thought of the Captain Crunch all dried and crumbly on my pants was more than I could bear. I jumped up and shouted “NO!” I’m 35 years old! When is my life going to start?”
Then I noticed something interesting. Just standing up and shouting had given me some energy! I found some paper and a crayon and wrote down my discovery: “Movement = energy”
I realized something else: the minute I said “I’m tired”, I felt tired! I wrote down this realization as well. “Whatever I say, my mind will obey. Energetic language = energy.”
I have a confession. This was not the first time I had fallen asleep while eating sugery cereal. One time I awoke on the couch to find my mouth open with unchewed Cocoa Puffs. I swear I thought I saw a fly flying away. It seems every time I eat a lot of sugar I get sleepy. I got a pencil and wrote this down: “Good nutrution = good energy.”
I was feeling a bit motivated now. I felt the stirring of energy inside me. I decided to make a list of some things I would do with my bit of energy:
- change pants
- take all 12 cereal bowls off the coffee table and put them in sink.
- wash dishes while listening to Rush’s “Moving Pictures” really loud
- sort through three week-old pile of mail
Now I had some direction, some things I wanted to do. Curiously, this gave me even more energy. I had another insight and wrote this down: “Having a plan = energy.”
I was sorting through my mail when I came across a letter from the landlord. “Ted, you are a month late on the rent. If you don’t pay the rent by this Friday I will evict you. Signed, Your Landlord. (p.s. Judging by the overflowing garbage cans in your yard you obviously have enough money for a wide variety of cold cereal, cookies, and pastries. Suggestion: get a life.)”
The nerve! I was annoyed but also majorly freaked out. Eviction! How could I pay the rent on time if Wendy’s wouldn’t give me a raise? I would have to find a better paying job and fast. I took the abandoned bird’s nest out of the spokes of my bike and rode down to the mall and collected a bunch of applications. When I got home, I wrote this down: “Purpose = energy”
I filled out a bunch of applications to drop off the next morning. It had been a busy day so I was feeling stressed out and tired. I wanted to sit in front of the tube. I played my guitar instead and that energized me. I practiced “Blackbird” for awhile. I felt relaxed and calm now. Before I went to bed at 10:30 I wrote down two things: “Fun = energy” and “De-stress = energy”
The next day I woke up at 6:30. I felt refreshed. I scribbled “Good Sleep = Good Energy”. Out of habit I turned on the news: The Economy. The War. Terrorists. Floods. Car Accidents. I turned off the television, unplugged it and stomped on the remote. It occurred to me that compared to most of the world, I had a pretty good life. I was healthy, I had a place to live, lots of expensive cold cereal, and I had opportunity and the freedom to take advantage of it if I chose to. There was nobody bombing my house or my city. I felt blessed and was moved by this feeling. I wrote down “Gratitude = energy”.
I eventually took all my insights and made a sign that I hung on my wall:
” I Am Energetic”
- I have abundant energy because I move my body by walking daily.
- I have abundant energy because I say that I do. I refuse to say the opposite.
- I have abundant energy because I have an energy producing diet.
- I have abundant energy because I have a plan.
- I have abundant energy because I have a purpose.
- I have abundant energy because I have a good balance of work, play and relaxation.
- I have abundant energy because I manage my stress.
- I have abundant energy because I get enough sleep.
- I have abundant energy because I focus on what is right with my life and I am grateful.
I started reading this every morning out loud because it energized me.
Here’s the key: nothing can give you energy. YOU MUST LEARN TO GENERATE IT. Today, at 50, I’m grateful that I have more energy than I’ve ever had. I’ve found a sleep schedule that works for me (11-6). I try to walk every morning. Two days a week I’m a stay home dad with my two daughters, so I work 12-16 hour days four days a week and a few hours early on sunday writing this blog. I’m a little busier than I like (we both have huge families that we visit often), but I admit it’s my choice. I’m very conscious of how valuable time is. I have a purpose, a plan, and written down goals. I rarely watch television. And I never, ever say I’m tired unless I’m ready to go to bed. There have been a couple of health issues recently that lowered my energy, but I got my butt to my doctor, my chiropractor, and my acupunturist, and got it back. While writing this, my wife, who had no idea of this week’s blog topic, came into my office and said “I’ve figured out that having energy is mostly in your mind”. You can say that again sweetheart!
(Disclaimer: With the exception of the last paragraph, the preceding story is for eduational purposes only and is mostly a work of fiction. To the best of my recollection, I have never fallen asleep with unchewed breakfast cereal of any brand in my mouth. However, I did once have to remove a bird’s nest from the spokes of my bike.)
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Ted A. MorenoPersonal/Small Business Coach Certified Hypnotherapist www.TedMoreno.com (626) 826-0612