Staying Filled – The Importance of Refilling Your Life Tank

“Out of the frying pan – into the fire.”

Have you ever heard that nifty little quote? I could probably just end this blogcast right here without going any further. Enough said. “Why?” you may ask. Well, in my experience and observation, people who operate on the fringe (what I call “fringeing”) or those who are “running on empty,” often end up going from one problem to the next and then the next. In a nutshell, THIS is why it’s so important to never allow yourself to operate on an empty tank. Existing in a cloud of problems or crisis is no fun and can easily ruin your life or at the least, seriously set you back.

Running on Empty or “Fringeing” Defined Again

To recap, my definition of “running on empty”, “empty tank,” or “fringeing,” is someone who is either in or on the verge of crisis, someone who is operating on limited resources – at a deficit. It is someone that is one step away from a crash. Unfortunately, many people in today’s microwave, spur of the moment, immediate gratification society find themselves in this predicament. Even more unfortunate, I believe, is the possibility that those who FRINGE could be just one problem away from breakdown, disaster, or full-blown crisis. The upside is that I believe this caustic condition is entirely preventable. Let me tell you why . . .

Why I Believe “Fringeing” is Preventable

In my last blog I used the metaphor of a car’s gas gauge to represent “fringeing” or “operating on empty.” I stated that when your gas level indicator starts pointing towards empty, that you go to the nearest station and “fill ‘er up.” In a similar fashion, our lives need to be consistently “filled” with things that will nurture the mind, the body, and the spirit – to achieve proper life balance. It should be obvious that if you find yourself at the point of “being on empty” and “on the fringe,” that you’ve neglected to keep your tank “filled.” Your life is most likely out of balance and possibly on the verge of spiraling out of control.

I believe this “fringeing” is preventable if you take the necessary steps to keep your needle away from the “E” on your life tank level indicator. To stay away from the fringe, it’s important (as I wrote in my last blog) to nurture the mind, body and spirit on a consistent, ongoing basis. I realize at this point, that I’m speaking a bit in the abstract. I’m doing this mainly because I want you to fully understand the concept of “fringeing” and also because every person is different. Every person is at their own unique point in their life journey.

Your Take Away

Hopefully at this point of reading or listening, you should now have a good idea of the signs and the concepts of what operating on empty or “fringeing” are. You should also know that to prevent “fringeing” from ever happening in your life, you’ll need to consistently keep your life tank filled. But how or with what? My advice is to consider the following, which are in no particular order. Think about how you can use them to “fill your tank” and avoid the fringe.

  • Faith
  • Prayer
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Exercise
  • Rest
  • Education
  • Nutrition
  • Boundaries

Over the next few blogs, I’ll dig deeper into these particular topics and discuss how they will help you avoid “fringeing” or “operating on empty” and keep your life in proper balance.

As always, feel free to contact me if you need some help. Also, feel free to leave a comment or question below.

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