Let's tackle the problem from a different angle this time.
I've been talking a lot about challenging the social norms that get pushed through mass media and consumerism. With this comes looking at things a little differently. Being more intentional and appreciating all of the little things that are over looked.
Now I think it's time to look at the energy leeches in your life. Energy leeches are things that suck the life out of you and leave you feeling drained. They take from you but offer nothing, or very little in return. Energy leeches, like actual leeches, can easily go unnoticed if you aren't looking for them.
Energy leeches can be found in many different forms. Everyone's list is going to be different but a few idea starters might be clutter staring at you every day, a project that you've left unfinished, a place you visit, or even the people in your life.
The typical path to happiness involves adding more and more "good" to your life. While there are times that this is, in fact, true; I think there is an equally important recipe. That is eliminating more and more "bad" from your life. It may sound ruthless, and I guess sometimes it can come across that way but if you don't eliminate the things that are holding you back they'll eventually drag you down with them. It doesn't always feel good, but you don't need that in your life.
I've been spending a fair amount of time on eliminating energy leeches lately. Here are a few things I've done:
Removing all of these things one time will certainly make a big impact, but unfortunately it's not a silver bullet that solves the problem forever. Once you've eliminated some of these leeches it's important to not let them back into your life and to constantly be on the lookout for new ones. However, each time you lighten the load it will allow you to see things a little more clearly so that you can continue to focus your valuable time and energy where it's most important to you.
|28||First you must become|
|04||One Foot in Front of the Other|
|21||The Zen Master|
|08||Those You Spend Your Time With|
|19||You're Probably a Prepper|
|04||All About Choices|
|02||What I Know About Being a Dad (so far)|
|01||The Dalia Lama on Humanity|
|30||Time to Reflect|
|28||The Leeches Must Go|
|26||Take a Moment to Appreciate|
|26||A Matter of Perspective|
|19||The New Rich|
|17||The Story of the Mexican Fisherman|
|15||What's on your List|
|14||The Most Precious Resource|
|13||Three Things to be Happy|