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When is Enough, Enough?

by | Dec 17, 2014 | No Comments

About 15 years ago I was walking down the street with my mom, complaining (really really kvetching) about how I wasn’t making enough of difference at the hospital or in the world.

Suddenly she stopped, grabbed me by the shoulders and turned me to look her square in the eyes. In a voice I never heard before, both stern and loving, she said, “You get up every day. You go to work. And you help people. That is enough.”

I still remember being unable to move while the wisdom of her words sunk in.

In that moment, though, and for weeks after, I couldn’t reconcile how to sustain hope for a healthy health care system with how to keep my energy in the game while doing it.

I was plagued with not-enough-ness.

I couldn’t keep relying on all my doing (because that would never feel like enough), I had to find sources that filled my “being” up.

In my search, I found I needed to stay healthy not only in body, but equally important were my mental, emotional and spiritual health.

You know the importance of keeping your physical reserves up with good food, sleep, exercise and making sure you don’t over use sugar, caffeine and alcohol to give you a boost or to relax.

But, given the inherent stressful nature of our environments, I want to bring your attention to the free and immediately available resources that can fuel your Vital Energy.

Vital Energy is that non-material fuel that feeds your passions, mind and spirit.

And when caring for others, witnessing suffering and working under stress, filling this aspect of yourself is essential to fill your cup–the well you give from.

3 ways in 3 weeks to tap into your vital energy resources

Energy levels go and up down through the holidays and even in the “recovery period” beyond New Years.

I created this free 3-week mini email series on Filling Up Your Cup to boost your vital energy. Nothing overwhelming. Once you sign up, you’ll get 1 email a week with a different way to tap into sources of vital energy with suggestions on how to incorporate them into your day. These are Simple, Doable, and Practical.

You can sign up here.

And when is enough, enough? Well my mom says, “Know that you are enough right now.”

What are the ways you fill up your cup? I’d love to know. You can share these with me or in the comment box below.

So much warm love,
Jackie

Future Programs Coming Soon!

I will be hosting a free tele-seminar in the early part of 2015 and offering a 7 week tele-class on Stress Reduction for Health Professionals shortly after that. I’ll be sharing details and dates soon. Stay tuned.

Get the Filling up your Cup email series here.

Jackie Levin

RN, MS, AHN-BC, NC-BC, CHTP

(206) 304-7703

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