(from Margin by Richard Swenson, M.D.)
Each morning we rise to meet the day with a certain measure of emotional energy. A quantum of stamina….
This quantum of emotional energy is not fixed but instead is in constant flux with its environment. We are always losing energy into the environment and receiving energy back again….
Think in terms of those people who always make you feel tired, or those activities that leave you energized. This isn’t woo-woo New Age stuff– it’s within our own experience.
No matter how large or small the quantum of emotional energy is at the start of the day, and no matter how fast or slow it is exchanging with the environment, one thing is certain: The amount within us is finite. No one has an infinite capacity for emotional discharge….
We often have trouble accepting the idea of rationing our emotional energy. It is simply too difficult to quantify our feelings. We feel ashamed admitting that our spirit is exhausted and collapsing within us.
But our hesitancy in no way constitutes proof that such limits are only a convenient fiction for the weak and lazy.
Instead, our hesitancy is an obstacle to overcome.