When You’re Full of It
If you own a vehicle, you know how far you can travel by how much gas is in the tank. If you’ve owned one for a long time, then you know that good oil, quick responsive brakes, a tune-up and other details are important to help you travel safely. Just like driving, everyday life is leading us somewhere, and if we are aware, then we’ll know that we need the same attention just like our vehicles.
After all, you are a vehicle, a vessel, a source of energy capable of many things. I won’t get too lofty, but of all organic creatures on this planet, we humans have the most profound capabilities and we witness this every day.
Some weeks ago, I had a sales call with a potential client (now a current client). During the conversation, I noticed my gas gauge was low, just above E, and I’d have to gas-up really soon. The client was telling me that she just got over an emotionally exhausting experience. She has stress at work, family, and just life is the reason she doesn’t exercise; she’s often too drained. This is something a lot of people who aren’t exercising deal with, high stress and low energy. Then I thought, what if we had a way to know when we are emotionally spent just like we notice the gauges on our dashboards?
On Sunday mornings after playing soccer, I know that my body is going to wear down and I need to re-fuel it to get me thru the day. I still have family life, responsibilities, chores, and sometimes special occasions to prepare those same evenings. Those days, I can’t afford to go empty, and I can feel my vehicle getting closer to E. This is just the physical aspect, I still have mental energy to use carefully, and I certainly must maintain an emotional balance no matter what.
How can we know when we’re emotionally evaporated or spiritually spent? We might get edgy about something small or we might not be as supportive or compassionate for someone else when they really need us; that's how we know when we’re running low. These things happen, but they don’t happen to us, we are making and allowing these things to happen just like your car may squeal when you brake because you’ve neglected those brakes for too long. With wherever you’re trying to go, you may want to check on it before you go much further or risk an accident along the way.
Athletes who’ve competed long enough can probably tell you when they’ve seen another competitor pass-out, dehydrate, or fatigue to the point of needing serious medical attention. I’ve had my tough times having Sickle Cell disease and pretending to be a superhero-athlete and needing to be humbled because I was driving with a worn motor.
This happens at work, personal and professional relationships, or with family when we don’t know that something could easily tip us over, then we do or say something we shouldn't. In those moments, because our vehicle needs an emotional oil change, we may do something we regret or prolong the problem and tarnish our reputation. We then must know how to recharge ourselves and give ourselves the chance to improve our overall well-being. If not for ourselves, for those around us who may be riding low as well.
Some of us drive gas guzzlers, and some of us are gas guzzlers; we just burn our energies fast only having enough energy to get home and clock-out. Some of us have a leak and we don't even know it, just because we've been getting far (we think) without checking it. There have been moments in my own life when I had to look into myself and acknowledge the things that held me back or limited me, or made matters worse. Now that I have a family and dreams to reach, I can't let anything get in my way, unless they're wings on a Pegasus soaring across the skyline onto the heavens.
You can only go so far on worn tires, but if you’re out of gas, you ain’t going anywhere! So, our physical bodies need the most attention; our physical body is our gas tank. If we’re sleep-deprived or malnourished, we can break-down in the middle of the road, and who knows where you might be at that point, maybe far from help. We may say goofy things to appear disengaged or not processing thoughts well. We can literally stumble and fall as we’re walking if we’re too tired, we can do all sorts of things when our bodies aren’t in the condition to handle the road trip.
You may be aware of this already and if you are, more power to you. You may already know that you need quality sleep to have a productive day, or you may know you shouldn’t eat or drink certain things to be at your best. I know that I need to practice deep breathing every day, meditate at least a few times per week and I need to eat and hydrate well to travel well. Every day I need good music to listen to, I need to laugh often, and romance is prioritized. These are just a few ways I recharge and tune-up.
Another part of this is cleaning out your vehicle, getting rid of trash that just isn’t useful. Keep your vehicle clean and something you’d be proud to drive. If you need a new paint job, get in shape, a makeover, hairdo or new destinations to travel, make it happen. Though it’s easier said than done, as long as you acknowledge that this is our reality, you’ll wind up where you’d rather be, where we're better-off.
Remaining conscious of this, part of my day is to make sure I recharge. As great as humans are, we haven’t quite made vehicles that require no refill or tune-up. This would be the zenith of technology, yet we need to be capable of this first within ourselves, staying full and never going near empty.
If it can be achieved, how much more pleasant would you be? How much more productive and effective could you be? How would your relationships be? How would you inspire someone else with your energy, your vibe?
When we're full of it, full of energy, full of life, full of love, there's so much we can do. Should we radiate and magnetize this energy, the possibilities are... well, I'll just see how full I can keep it.
There are many ways to recharge all your faculties so that you may experience the fullness of life. Think about what brings you joy and what makes good feelings and thoughts last with you. Your mind, your emotions, your temperament, your body and your spirit are all being used every day, some more than others. Keep these things in mind so that you can make the trip, whether it’s around the corner or cross-country. Don’t get hijacked by stress and strife, don’t let anxiety or worry cause turbulence, bumpy roads and wild weather are part of your travels, just make sure your vehicle can withstand those elements so that you make it on-time and on-point.