Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Enjoying Energy!

I've been a divided in what to do for my E post. My first idea was “Enjoy.” Years ago, I read Steven Covey's classic “7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” and he had an anecdote about his kid on a baseball team He was fumbling badly, and Mr. Covey was trying to flex his Performance Coach skills on him, to no avail. All involved were just getting more frustrated. After some soul-searching, Covey changed his tack, and realized that he was trying too hard. He decided to just enjoy his child for who he was. The child has flourished, and grown in his own right, into he's supposed to be, not what his parents would script for him.

Since then, I've tried hard to appreciate my loved ones without expectations. As a parent (about 12 years later), it's struck home. Fortunately, I have a baby who's just delightful, and we can giggle together a-plenty! Perhaps the next one will be more moody, but today, I can just talk nonsense to her, and watch her light up! She also loves to be sung to – yesterday, I was called the “Coolest Dad Ever” for singing Deftones and Rage Against The Machine to her. (I was showing-off, just a little)

My other idEa (cute) was Energy. I was struck many years ago to learn that it's what we're made of. As our technology gets better, we've seen that when we look past the cells that we're made of, past the atoms and molecules, the stuff that we're made of isn't very solid. In fact, it will alternate between particles (matter) and waves (energy). I haven't the time (or the education) to explore the MASSIVE ramifications of this, but what comes to mind first, is that Energy Never Dies (not a huge Black Eyed Peas fan, but they did say it really well!), it is transformed! And that can really do a number on your fear of death – it doesn't happen! But now I'm mixing science with belief. Fortunately, they finally seem to be in accord. Through this challenge, I've found a Blog that explored this better :http://stephentremp.blogspot.com/ Enjoy!


  1. I think enjoy and energy go hand in had. To enjoy is to give people pleasure least of all ones self but I suppose one has to have the energy to make that enjoyment.
    Lovely to read.

  2. Well I'm the coolest mom so no wonder we enjoy each others blogs.

    As for the second child being moody, count on it. My first was easy and easy going, the second was breech and moody. good luck xx

  3. haha Calli is adorable, you guys are doing a great job! One thing I have noticed between my two nephews is that as babies they are quite different personality wise.

  4. Yeah, watch out for that second child. I have two and the first was a breeze. The second one really made me a parent. :) Both tremendous blessings, though.

    I just read your "D" post and loved it. You've got a great sense of humor.

    Have a great day,

  5. I think enjoying our children for who they are is one of the greatest gifts we can give them as parents... and also incredibly difficult at times. I love the idea of "appreciating without expectations".

  6. Very deep with all the talk about energy and death. Got me pondering. Thanks for the link, it was interesting. Great post.

  7. Parents should guide their kids but encourage them in what the kids want to be and do. When parents drive their kids too hard it's often a recipe for creating a troubled adult.

    I enjoy Stephen Tremp's blog as well.

    Blogging From A to Z April Challenge

  8. Very interesting! Enjoy your baby, they grow up way too fast :o)

  9. 快樂的微笑是保持生命康健的唯一藥石,它的價值千萬,卻不要花費一文錢........................................

  10. What a great blog to find (well, actually you found me), especially in this female dominated field. I read Covey's book many years ago. I should at least scan and read the highlights again.

    Stephen Tremp