Posted by Kelli Joan Bennett
Day 192. It’s hot outside. The air conditioner cranks out much needed coolness. In the midst of diligently answering my @connects on Twitter this afternoon, the power goes out. There’s a split second moment where I don’t understand what’s happening. Why are the lights not on? My laptop still works because it automatically goes onto battery power. But the wi-fi connection is gone. Okay, the power is out. Did we blow a circuit? Nope. Must be a neighborhood power outage. We’re not the only ones blasting the air conditioning today. Literally losing power has me thinking about figuratively losing power. The main reason I began this yearlong experiment in prolific creativity was to stop feeling powerless and to reignite my own personal power. To step into it, to take it back from imaginary phantoms I fear rob me of it, and to protect it from outside sources that actually do steal it from me. Being empowered no matter what by creating from what I have. What I have is always changing—contracting, expanding, morphing—but I always have the power to create from it, whatever it is.
After the power went out for a second time and appeared not to be coming back on anytime soon, we created a fun afternoon in a cool movie theatre eating popcorn and watching Katy Perry sing her way through a break up with Russell Brand—rolling with the power outage we couldn’t control.
Until tomorrow, create from what you have…your own personal power.