Last night at bedtime, as I was preparing all of my stuff to take to work in the morning, I couldn’t find my van keys. I cleaned out my purse, checked jacket pockets, looked in all of the usual places and still couldn’t find them. I decided, as a last resort, to go into the garage and check my vehicle. Lo and behold, there they were, in the ignition! I had unloaded the van after shopping on Saturday, then realized I needed to write down my mileage so I put the keys back in and turned them enough to see the mileage. Unfortunately, I got sidetracked and my van is old so it doesn’t make all of the usual warning noises to let you know when you have left keys in the ignition. I spent the weekend cleaning and canning apple butter, so I had no need to go out to the vehicle, until last night when I couldn’t find my keys.
You know what happened. The battery was run down to nothing and there was no chance of starting it. My husband was already in bed, but got up and checked it out. He hooked up a battery charger and found there was almost no charge left in the battery. He didn’t want to leave it hooked up overnight with no supervision so we unplugged it and decided to get up early to plug it back in and hope that there would be enough time to charge it before work or I would have to take him to work and keep his vehicle. Thankfully, he was able to give it enough juice to start it and I was able to take it to work and he was able to take his vehicle. But it was scary and anxiety-producing until we knew we could get it running.
Has this ever happened to you? Have you emptied your internal battery to the point of having no juice left? Have you tried starting yourself on an empty battery? Did you wonder why you couldn’t get it going? Just as I inadvertently drained my van battery, we can drain ourselves and not realize it until it is too late and we don’t have any charge left. We had to plug in a battery charger and hook it up to the van battery to give it enough juice to get it started. What do you have to do to recharge your batteries?
We just returned from a 10 day vacation to a cabin in Minnesota with friends, the Great Lakes, Canada, Niagara Falls and a few other sites along the way. Although I was sick most of the vacation, it was wonderful to get out, see some new scenery, touch base with friends, enjoy nature and spend time with my family. I came back feeling better and ready to go back to work. I have more energy, gained a new perspective, got some rest, had some new experiences and am re-charged!
Before vacation, my batteries were running low which is why I got sick. I had been busy with work, workshops, a family reunion, a wedding, several funerals and trying to catch up on home projects and was not taking time to take good care of myself. Too many hours of work, stretching well into the night combined with early mornings and non-stop activity during the day were draining the juice from my batteries without my realizing it, just as the key left in the ignition had drained the juice from my van battery. I’m sure that we both looked okay on the outside, but the inner workings were not keeping up with appearances. Upon closer inspection, others may have realized that we were both having our energy slowly drained and we needed to stop the energy drains and get plugged into a power source that could replenish us!
What is draining your energy? How can you stop the energy drains? What energy source can you plug into to recharge? I encourage you to take some well-deserved time to charge your batteries. If you aren’t sure what charges you up, take some time to consider when you feel relaxed, calm, excited, happy, content, creative, focused or loving. Are there activities that you don’t have time for because you are caught up in the busy-ness of life? What is an activity that you love to do but haven’t done for a while? Schedule time to do it! Is there a person that you love spending time with that you haven’t spoken to or haven’t seen recently? Contact that person and schedule time to talk or get together! Is there an activity that you have wanted to try but haven’t gathered the information it would take to do it? Gather the information and try something new! Is there something that relaxes or calms you but you rarely take the time to do it because “it’s not a good time” or “I will get back to that someday”? Why wait any longer? Take time for yourself! When you do these things, you are putting yourself on the battery charger before you are depleted and can’t start. Don’t try to run your life on a dead battery. Take time to re-charge your batteries and bring energy back into your life!
Kolleen Meyer-Krikac, owner of Balanced Life and Wilshire Business Suites, located in Lincoln, NE is a certified life coach and professional counselor in private practice. She facilitates workshops, is a public speaker and enjoys helping people to “Dream, Plan, Achieve” the life they have always wanted. You can reach Kolleen through her website, Balanced Life (www.balanced-life.us), Linked In, Facebook or by calling her at (402) 499-5547. Check the website or call for more information.