AND Stop to Check

November 2nd, 2014

As I was getting ready to write this week’s entry, I noticed that this entry marks five years of weekly entries. AND I stopped to ask myself whether it makes sense to continue. Maybe I could just go back to the beginning and let the entries recycle for the next five years? Would anyone notice? Would anyone remember? Is anyone, besides Jean, who loyally reads every week, still out there?

AND I realized how important it is to stop periodically to ask whether something is still worth the energy. Does it still fulfill an intended purpose? Conscious intent to continue anything that has become a habit or obligation is worthy of challenge to determine whether it serves to bring us joy, a sense of contribution/meaning, or some other benefit.

The answer for doing something that sounds like some form of, well, I’ve always done it that way, is insufficient justification for continuing to invest our precious life force, if we are choosing to lead conscious lives. Just because something has worked for a period of time does not mean that it continues to serve its purpose today.

The investment of energy, passion, and attention is something we individually control in our own lives. No amount of demand or expectation from others is an excuse for continuing to invest in any relationship—with people, our thoughts, beliefs, or activities—that does not return at least as much as is invested.

So, the next time you find yourself mindlessly doing anything, stop to check whether it is still worth the energy. If it is, keep going. If not, stop and redirect that precious energy.

AND thanks for reading.

2 Responses to “AND Stop to Check”

  1. Sue Mitchell says:

    Each week I enjoy your blog. I stop, read and reflect on what is truly meaningful in my life.
    Thank you Lou Ann!

  2. Carolyn says:

    Very aware of this lately – tons of opportunities right now for energy choices.

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