Continuing on this theme of our personal energy, I want to address the loss of energy due to emotional “leaks.” There are several one liners related to this topic! “Resentment is like peeing your pants and expecting someone else to be uncomfortable.” Or, “Unforgiveness is like having someone live rent free in your head.” They are two of my favorites. The idea is we can use up some of our limited energy supply on a daily basis by not taking proactive measures to eliminate the causes of emotional distress.
When I fail to speak the truth in love or to guard my own boundaries or to deal with things immediately, stuff piles up and I begin to spend large amounts of energy fuming over my perception of those things. Harboring resentments, bitterness, anger, or unforgiveness creates massive emotional energy leaks that can make me more tired than a hard day at work and more depressed than a personal failure.
There are some great tools available to help you unravel these issues. “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality,” by Peter Scazzero is one that comes to mind. “Boundaries, and Necessary Endings,” by Dr. Henry Cloud as well. One other writing that has helped me tremendously is, “Living the Truth,” by Dr. Keith Ablow.
I’m 100% responsible for my own spiritual, emotional and physical life, and so are you. Take some action for your own good to stop the energy leaks from draining you from living fully engaged in the present and looking forward to the future with anticipation.