Today we continue our series on living out your LifePlan, exploring tools and practices to help us. In this conversation we are focusing in on Replenishment: what does it look like to stay refreshed and replenished so that we can live out our life purpose from a place of rest and not from a place of exhaustion?
“Sometimes we think we are replenishing when really we are just self medicating,” comments David. “A good question to ask is” ‘Physically, intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, do I feel more filled because of this activity? Or am I simply medicating or numbing out on life?’ The purpose-filled life is not a life of distraction and medication; it’s a life of full engagement. Replenishment is designed to just help us survive. Replenishment is meant to help us engage more fully in our purpose.”
“Replenishment returns us to a happy harmony; some seasons it’s more of one thing and less of another,” adds Stephen. “It’s an exchange between the needs in my life and my obligation to myself to ensure I’m doing my best. As Bernard of Clairvaux wrote, ‘The wise man sees his life as a reservoir, not a canal. A canal is always giving away what it receives. A reservoir, on the other hand, fills itself up to the brim and then overflows without risk of harming itself.”
For more on Replenishment, energy management, and becoming more like a reservoir instead of a canal, listen in!