I wrote this four years ago as a message to myself. When I stumble across it again, as I did today, I find it a good reminder to keep focus on what’s important. You’re welcome to take a look.
Power bestowed on you by others can be taken away. Whether it is power by position or popularity, if the cool kids don’t like you anymore, that power is gone.
The real power, the kind no one can take from you, comes from within. It comes from understanding your priorities. It comes from balancing your time and energy on those priorities. It comes from calling on courage when confidence is weak. From trying new things, perhaps small things at first. When nothing bad happens, and when sometimes good results occur, confidence builds. With greater confidence comes greater courage. The two feed each other.
Power is in the present, always in the present. It comes from what you do, not what you did or what you might do. To be powerful, you must be in the present with it. That means not indulging in what-ifs. That’s just making up stories. If you want to make up stories about what should have happened or what might happen in the future, do it right. Write them down. Call them what they are, fiction.
Power can be used to create or destroy. (I choose to create.)
Some of the greatest power is in how you react. If someone pushes you down, stand up again. That is powerful.
I am powerful. I am the mountain.
The Mountain. 60″ square. November 2015. Made from stash. Photo by Jim Ruebush.
Still Climbing Mountains. 57″ x 64″. August 2016. Made from stash. Photo by Jim Ruebush.