Merriam Webster has a number of definitions for “passive” and many of them point to a degree of helplessness: “acted upon by an external agency, lacking in energy or will, tending not to take a dominant part.” Webster’s first definition is “used to describe someone who allows things to happen or accepts what other people do or decide…”
Passivity undermines Personal Power.
As creations, Personal Power is our birthright. It is the way we express ourselves. It is the love – the Intention – of our existence. We are individuations of this energetic, creative Intention of the Universe, of God. and when we live this Intention, we live our love; we live our purpose. Our self-confidence, self-trust and self-knowledge grow, leading to more expansion, peace, wholeness.
Personal Power can never be taken away; it can only be given away.
We know we have given away our Personal Power when we feel diminished, minimized or dismissed in our relationships, careers or family dynamics. Often this “giving away” sneaks up on us, unnoticed. We find ourselves in situations or conversations where we are not heard, valued or taken seriously, and then we have this “How-did-I-get-here?” feeling. When we unravel this “giving away,” we can trace it back to internalized messages that resulted in trusting the wrong people, minimizing intuitive guidance, or the habit of assuming someone else is smarter than we are, more capable, more entitled. We believe we’re expected to “accept what other people do or decide.”
A wise Chinese Proverb tells us “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
If we find ourselves in negative situations in our work or home environments, intimate relationships or family patterns, maybe we need to plant a new tree. One rooted in self-loyalty and awareness of self-value. Living our Intention begins with this awareness, and that beginning is whenever we choose.
Now’s a good time.