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I have no power to change or erase all the shameful thoughts, words, and actions I’ve accumulated. I do have power to learn from them, to change the patterns that led to them, and then to leave them behind.
My insomnia. Well, it is true to a point….but if I continue to do nothing about it, then it is not going to change….when my kids have troubles, it engulfs me…which is now…I need to make this a priority, to get the sleep I need…..then, I won’t feel so powerless….
The only place I currently feel I have no power is in our political system. I am very worried that our votes will not count in the next election because of all the tampering by one political party. It worries me a lot.
Lost freedoms: The smothering confines of Australia’s over the top, fear based, box ticking, needs to evolve, system/mindset eats you alive.
Recoverd parts of it: discovers that there’s always room for recourse. If you learn the rules of engagement you can turn the state of capture on its head. You hold it accountable to it’s own standards.
Truce time: Make peace through incorporation of all states of being.
Flourishing future forward: plan exit strategy wisely. 👏
I don’t always have the power to let things go.
When I can, THAT power is a wonderful feeling!
I absolutely had no power from the electrical outlets in my condo for 40 hrs last week. But, tho I’m frustrated about bad care for my sleep apnea problem, by the dentist this morn, I absolutely have the power to contact my sleep center doctor and to search the internet for answers to the question of how to properly adjust the mouth device.
My governments response to the climate crisis. It is exactly the same as me saying, ” After a decade of deliberations, I have agreed to a process to phase out chocolate from my diet – as long as the transition changes nothing, I should be ready to phase it out in thirty years time. I will not be taking questions at this time.” In case you are wondering, this is the precise response of the Australian government. Sigh…
I think I have no power when it comes to my students’ trauma and how that affects their day to day behaviors in school. I teach middle school special education in an urban public school, and almost all of our students live in poverty. I feel frustrated and upset when they make the same poor choices over and over again even after we have talked about how our actions and words can affect others around us. I know that I have no control or power over what has happened to them in the past, and very little power over what happens to them outside of the school building. I want to be able to make bigger changes that positively impact my students, but I feel that so much of their lives is out of my control.
I think i have no power over my ability to make money and i’m always amazed when i do. I guess i have to force myself out of my mind sometimes to do things.
I feel I have no “power” over my illness. I live a very limited life. It did used to frighten me and distress me but I guess I have learned to accept my situation and I work with it instead of against it. Panicking and fighting it was my first instinct but, of course, proved futile. It’s been a long and painful process and I still have moments of utter frustration but, for the most part, I do not let it disempower me.
Blessings & Love to you Butterfly. 🙏❤️
My understanding of power and empowerment began with the Serenity Prayer and was deepened by first struggling with and then taking on a sense of personal responsibility.
In my youth I wanted “power over” circumstances beyond my control. I felt helpless. Seeking power over circumstances we truly have no power over, is wasted effort. The Serenity Prayer helped me to stop behaving like a victim, and also dissuaded me from feeling I needed power over others before I could thrive. But it also turned me to focus my efforts upon where I did have power, myself. And this was the beginning of self empowerment.
The very moment we decide we are a victim is the same moment we disempower ourselves. It’s like magic. And the converse is also true.
It is true we can’t control corrupt banks, corporations, or governments. It is true we can’t even control a teenager we love from making a terrible mistake. We don’t have power over climate change… on our own…
But there is so much more than “attitude” within our realm of power. Each of us chooses the person we will be, and that includes whether or not we play the part of victim or a pawn or whether we do what we can do to make our lives and the world a better place.
“A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.” – Nelson Mandela
“I called to the Lord from my narrow prison, and He answered me from the freedom of space.” -Victor Frankyl
“There are two days in which we cannot do anything, yesterday and tomorrow.” -Mahatma Ghandi
These men knew better than we do, that common perceptions of power are not real power. They were all imprisoned for part of their lives. If they did not let themselves sink into a pit of helplessness, what excuse do we have?
In the end it doesn’t matter what you can’t do. What matters is what you do with what you CAN do. Are you are willing to do what you can or will you will disempower yourself with a focus on what you can’t do?
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker
The Serenity Prayer – thank you, dear Holly – that’s what I needed when driving home from the dentist this morn 🤗🥰and thank you for wonderful quotes that I copied to my gratefulness doc.
Holly, this is so wise. And so true. Thank you for sharing this. You give me much to think upon 😊
I never seem to have NO power…and there are lots of ways I have limited power. For example: the weather. I can’t stop the rain and I can use an umbrella. So I am a creature with limitations. I also seem to have an ongoing project to increase what power I do have in many ways. The connection between good health and exercise being perhaps the most obvious. Also some rather less, like finding ways to break free from our dominant concept of time.
Around me all system I have no power…
Maybe the only thing I have power are my thoughts.
This question mostly makes me think about what we define as “power” in our lives. In some ways, I actually have less influence over the outer trappings of my life than I think I do. But I do have an ability to monitor and decide my attitude and behavior.
With my extended family I feel I have very little power. I do, however, have the power to control me…..and who I want to be
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