Conservation of Energy

Life is full of paradoxes.  I find that I am constantly trying to conserve energy.  You never know when you’re going to need it, right?  I tell myself that I can’t do whatever current thing there is to do because then I might be to tired to do something else later.  When it comes time to do that something else, I tell myself I had better not because I’ll be too tired to do the next thing.


What we forget is that our bodies are constantly producing energy.  We eat several times a day in order to provide fuel, but often don’t do much other than exist between meals.  Herein lies the problem.

If we are constantly producing energy and rarely use it, it gets stored.  That’s fine.  It’s quite handy if you’re ever stranded in the middle of nowhere for a week or two.  If we are consistently storing energy, in the form of fat, and never busting into those stores we just keep getting bigger, not better.

That was the physical issue.  Now on to the spiritual issue.  If we are constantly producing energy but never expelling it in proportionate amounts, we stagnate.  We stop growing.  There is only so much consumption we can do before our output drops to almost nothing.

Produce something.  Be creative.  Be exhausted.  Instead of thinking about how you can conserve energy, think about how you can get rid of as much as possible.  What can you do today to serve as many people as you can in the best way you can?  The answer to this question is the answer to a lot of questions.  What should you do with your life?  Serve as many people as you can in the best way you can.  What is your calling?  To serve as many people as you can in the best way you can.  How can you be fulfilled?  Serve as many people as you can in the best way you can.

The paradox here is that the more energy you spend serving people as best you can, the more energy gets produced.  You’ll feel more alive because you are more alive.  You’ll go to bed exhausted and wake up full of energy to do it again!


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  • Josh Bulloc

    I struggle with this all the time. I am trying to change this but is hard. I am always worried that I am might get tired. I am going to implement one night a week where I stay up really late and try to only sleep if I am actually tired and also find enthralling things to do that make me not want to go to sleep.

  • Raun Lauterbach

    That sounds like a very interesting project. Let me know how it goes!

  • Josh Bulloc

    You got it