This month we are getting curious about power: our own power, how we find it and build it, how we channel it, and how we respond when it fails us.
Let’s get a few definitions out of the way so we’re all on the same page…
Power is not control, and power is not entitlement.
Power is a source of strength and purpose. It has direction.
Power is a naturally occurring force. It is scientific. To wrestle with power, you will require a lot of muscle and be willing to be exhausted or defeated.
“Oh, but I’m not powerful. Wake me up in April when you’re talking about hedgehogs or dinosaurs or flat whites again.” WRONG.
Are you a human bean (as the BFG would say)? Then you are scientifically proven to have power. You have electricity the synapses of your nerves, so don’t tell me you don’t have power within you.
“The matter with human beans,” the BFG went on, “is that they is absolutely refusing to believe in anything unless they is actually seeing it right in front of their own schnozzles.”
You are powerful. Each and every one of us. Recognising what it is that makes up our the unique power source each of us carries around inside us is more than a life’s work. But if you take one thing away from today’s blog, let it be this: you’ve been given something nobody else has, and you’re the only one who gets to understand, explore and use that thing, that little piece of science, that elemental thing that is under your schnozzle.
You didn’t ask to be given your power, this box of who-knows-what you landed on the earth with, so nobody can tell you that you owe it to this person or that to make the best of what you’ve got. Sure, with an appreciation and sense of wonder for the good stuff we can be inspired to get up and show the world what we’ve got. But don’t let anyone burden you with a sense of duty to honour your power. That sh*t gets HEAVY.
What we are going to do this month is creak open the lid of our box, see what’s inside, and see if it might be able to unlock a little more of whatever it is we’re craving in our lives. Maybe that’s more time to watch the telly, or maybe it’s to find a solution to the ice caps melting. You do you.
Find it. Know it. Use it (or don’t – you’ve got the power).
HOMEWORK: Where is your power? I see mine as being in a box under my bed that I didn’t put there. I know what the lid of the box feels like in my hand as I lift it. I’m not really sure I know what’s inside but knowing about the box means I can imagine what could be in there. Have a doodle, either in your head or on paper. Is yours a ball of slime.
Claire Eadington geeks out on workflow management, performance and wellbeing.
Claire writes a weekly blog, Self Curious, on NPW’s website.