When I first read the above quote, it resonated, but at the same time, I felt a little uneasy with it. As an empath, it’s essential that I protect my energy. But I also don’t want to stop caring, so it felt a bit selfish. However, as I thought more about this quote, I realized that being done is not the same as not caring. It’s about letting go of what I can’t control, and about taking care of myself.
Letting go of what I can’t control has always been difficult for me. So much of what’s happening in the world right now is so completely out of my control, and yet, I let all of it affect me far too much, to the point of allowing it to make me feel angry, sad or depressed. I want to be done with that.
I stopped watching the news years ago, and that has made a big difference. I only get my news intake in small doses and from reputable sources that present the news without a lot of hype and clickbait headlines, and that’s enough for me. I changed the home page on my browsers from a news aggregator page to a blank page. I also take a complete newsbreak each weekend. From Friday evening until Monday morning, I don’t take in any news whatsoever, from any source. That practice has done wonders for my mental and emotional state.
So, in that context, I think the above quote is purrfect. Rather than getting angry or bothered by external events that are out of my control, I’m going to work at not letting my energy be affected by them.
Who’s with me? How will you protect your energy this year?