Energy is a finite resource.
There’s just this amount of sunlight during the day. There is only so much oil from just so many plants that powers only this many cars.
I’m sure physicists will argue that energy only changes forms ~ E = mc2 ~ but as far as energy that we can access, it’s limited.
The same goes for personal energy. A person has only so much energy throughout their life, just as they only have so much time. This energy is how they affect their world, and how they use it determines how much of an impact they make.
When the energy’s flowing ~ man! ~ I just love it. If I’m writing and exercising, I’m so much more productive in my work life and at home and in my relationships. Inertia’s on my side.
But then everything gets stopped up. There are so many ways that I/we waste energy. We undermine our own success, and this isn’t as passive as it sounds. We actively find ways to work against ourselves, whether it’s something we say or avoiding or something else. Avoiding isn’t a passive thing ~ it’s an active turning away.
We drink too much, smoke too much, max our credit cards, date the wrong people, have sex with other people while we’re married, abuse ourselves physically and emotionally, overeat, undereat, overexercise, do drugs, and ~ the ultimate self-destruction ~ suicide.
We undermine other’s success too. If a person finds ways large and small to be needy and destructive and obstructionist at crucial times in another’s life, they’re called crazymakers, and they destroy peoples’ lives and art (see The Artist’s Way).
Why do we do it? Why do we spend so much of our energy working at destroying our own energy or someone else’s? Is it human nature to be self-destructive? Why are we each other’s death star?
Think how far we each could go if we didn’t do these things.