#1091 My New Energy Identity

A Screwed-In Light Bulb

The other day I was out on the Trail doing my normal warm up.

As I warmed up, I was reflecting on Richard Rohr’s GREAT book Falling Upward and this GREAT line within it: “As Desmond Tutu once told me on a recent trip to Cape Town, ‘We are only the light bulbs, Richard, and our job is just to remain screwed in!’


That wisdom was in my mind as I skipped out for a bit. Then skipped back. Then I did some bear crawls out. And back. Then some walking lunges. And some air squats.


I usually affirm my “Athlete” Energy Identity as I do that—recommitting to being fit to be useful and doing the work to have the strength (for two!) to show up powerfully in my Work and my Love.


This morning the whole “Athlete” Identity was feeling a bit too “first mountain” for me. So I toggled to “Radiant Exemplar.” But, that didn’t quite feel right either.

Then I smiled as my new Energy Identity popped into my head…

“Screwed-In Light Bulb.”


That’s it.

A screwed-in light bulb.

THAT captures the essence of who I aspire to be and why I do what I do Energy-wise.

The 1 sun salutation. The 10 pull-ups. The 100 burpees. The 1,000 meters of rowing. The 10,000 steps.

The Trail. The 30 minutes of exercise. (Or trained recovery.) The nutrition. The sleep. The 1,000-second oscillations. The meditation. The breathing. Etc. Etc. Etc.

Repeat. Day in. Day out.

Again. And again. And again.


To do my part to stay screwed in.


That’s Today’s +1.

Here’s to the little things that keep us screwed in to the Divine light.

What are YOURS?

+1 light bulb twist. +1 light bulb twist. +1 light bulb twist.

Let there be LIGHT!


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