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Recharge Me

April 4, 2017


low batteryHas the battery on your cell phone ever dipped below 15% and you didn’t have a charger and wouldn’t be home for hours? Did you get nervous? Chest feel tight? Breathing become rapid? Did you begin to conserve power by not checking Facebook every ten seconds?

I woke up last Friday morning and my phone was dead, blank screen, nothing. Spent a few minutes holding down every button, but nada. Should I run to Verizon? It was pouring outside and I didn’t have to be anywhere until late that afternoon, but had a lot of work to do. I decided to stay put. I emailed my mom saying if she needed me to call my neighbor. Then I got busy. And for the next six hours I was superwoman.

No one wants to lose power with these devices we’ve become addicted to, but it happens. To avoid this, we put a lot of energy into being prepared. We carry around battery packs, chargers, and take note of where the outlets are in Starbucks. Heaven forbid we fall off the e-grid.

But what about ourselves? How many of us take the same precautions to keep our bodies from dipping into low energy? Imagine if we put the same effort into keeping ourselves from losing steam as we did our phones. Sure it takes time to cut up celery and spread almond butter on whole wheat bread, but isn’t it advantageous to take a few minutes here and there, as opposed to doing nothing and then being faced with a real issue that stops us in our tracks? Just like our cell phones and tablets, our bodies give us signals when it falls into low energy—sleepy, hungry, thirsty. We need to listen to those warnings and not assume another cup of coffee will do the trick.

In all honestly, when my phone didn’t spring to life, I felt anxious, but the sensation lasted only seconds. Soon peacefulness came over me as the pressure to text and post and tweet fell away, and I happily settled into the realization that there was nothing I could do.

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  1. Deborah Golden permalink

    I get it! You recharge me my friend of many talents and many intelligent and loving thoughts.

  2. shelly cohen permalink

    So true……….we have become addicted to our devices. I like the part about emailing your mother. Nice to know I was high priority………..

  3. Dana Arschin permalink

    you could still send emails and tweet from your computer 😉

  4. Tracey permalink

    Interesting post, Felice! Makes me think about how I spend time focusing on outside things versus what my body needs. Just the other day instead of making another cup of coffee, I decided to have a light protein shake. It was the afternoon–I guess some people would say, don’t have a protein shake in the afternoon, I thought. Anyway, the protein shake was just what I needed. I no longer felt hungry or light headed. It did not interfere with my sleep. Just what I needed…I trusted my own instincts and listened to my body for once…lol. Yes, so much focus goes to technology–cell phones, texting, internet. What you say is so True!

  5. Edes Gilbert permalink

    A new definition for “leaning in”. :).

    Sent from my iPhone


  6. Tom Olverson permalink

    Great advice as always, Felice! But I doubt I will be able to overcome the 15 percent battery anxiety. I might not be able to contact you for editing help! 🙂

  7. Lynda permalink

    Enjoyed your post so much as I just this morning reminded myself to take care of me more.

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