Author: Joan B. Mute

…Introspection Time with JBM

MY recent personal challenges have pushed me to limits of realising that life is full of both positive and negative experiences that will land you either in an arena of joy or pain.

Sometimes the encounters can be so intense that you almost lose focus of what your calling or area of grace has been, much to the choking of your circles and people feeding from your influence. But, I have discovered one thing-the need to identify what feeds your energy.

This article is a deliberate provocation on how helpful it can be if one was to embark on a journey of identifying various activities or efforts that tend to feed one’s inner energy.

According to Dr Denise Hill, a Chartered Psychologist, every challenge one faces in life tends to withdraw them from their inner energy, resilience and sometimes their faith.

This fact suggests the need to quickly identify what energises you, without which you cease to create a punch of life you expected to create. It means you become less effective in your calling and passion, leading to less positive influence on people around you.

It is interesting to realise that life is not static but rather dynamic. There is simply no end to surprises life presents to human kind.

In fact it seems that all manner of experiences whether setbacks, success, discouragements, mistakes, ridicule among others may have a hidden agenda. However holding on to aspects that give you a push remains critical.

Remember this fact, if you happen to lose a certain grip in life, draw your strength from those spaces, activities or efforts that feed that energy. Those are efforts that keep you in tune and recharge your passion for that which you are known for.

It is important to note that life will never be easy, but when you know how to navigate through most of life’s pressures exerted on you, you should be able to remain impactful and influential. Finding what feeds your energy remains inevitable for your continued effectiveness in whatever you deem to be your purpose or calling.

For some, what energises them could be performing certain value adding habits, enjoying nature, writing, performing random acts of kindness, exercises, watching comedy, taking a walk, hanging around with positive people, having a deep devotion with God and praying situations into existence among others.

If you feel deflated today, feel discouraged to go on, feel less enthusiastic, reach out to your various activities and passions and see if you can identify that which sparks your inner energy.

Your society, family and friends need your punch, but you need to have your inner energy revitalised enough to leave a lasting impact and influence.

“Go within every day and find the inner strength so that the world will not blow your candle out.” ―Katherine Dunham.

Share with me any unique aspects that you find feeding your energy to the extent where you have adopted them as part of your positive rituals to keep your life afloat.

For the next version of introspection Time with JBM, check Kalemba every Wednesday.

Author: Joan Beulah Mute , is a Lecturer in Research Methods, Sociology and Law and Ethics in Public Health at the University of Lusaka.

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