You Can’t Pour If Your Glass Is Empty: Resourcing for Trying Times
- September 1st, 2019
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The arrival of the “-ber” months in the Philippines typically ushers in a period of unusually frantic activity. The irony behind having the longest Christmas season in the world is that, by the end of it, hardly anyone has the head space and the heart space left to experience any sense of “peace on earth.” With the appalling traffic jams, daunting social obligations, overwhelming shopping lists and non-stop gastronomic indulgences, people can find themselves praying for the relief that comes with the end of the year (at least right before the second round of frenzied merrymaking that accompanies the first of January).
It’s a little sad, however, to have to regard an entire third of the year with an attitude that’s somewhere between grim determination, on the one hand, and resigned forbearance, on the other. It is possible to rescue the spirit of the season—and its promises of joy, hope, love and peace—by practicing what’s referred to as “resourcing.”
In simple terms, resourcing means doing things that nourish you on multiple levels and that contribute to your sense of resiliency in the face of life’s challenges. I don’t just mean doing yoga and practicing meditation, but undertaking any activity that gives you a visceral sense of absorption, contentment, ease or even delight—whether that’s growing a bonsai tree or playing the glass harmonica.
Of course, resourcing also flies in the face of “common sense.” I mean, who’s got the time and the energy to cultivate a tiny Japanese woodland??? But as Mahatma Gandhi once said at the start of a particularly trying day: “I have so much to accomplish today that I must meditate for two hours instead of one.”
Because the fact is, plowing through our “-ber” month checklists when our resources are depleted is just about the most counterproductive strategy EVER. We take longer to do things, we make more mistakes, we tend to lose our focus, we’re likelier to lose our temper and our capacities are diminished overall.
So this year, try being more deliberate about your efforts to resource. As the famous contemporary oracle called Pinterest put it: “You can’t pour from an empty cup. You’ve got to fill your cup first.”
Wishing your cup overflows with all manner of good things,
P.S. If you’re so running on empty that you can’t even figure out how to resource, just click here!