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How do you fill your tank?

Hey. Right now I’m in a hotel room in Columbus, Ohio. I’m here on the trip where I’m bringing my brother’s remains home. I’m sorting through his apartment and figuring out what we are going to bring home, what we are going to ship, and what we are going to leave. Not a pleasant trip, but something that’s part of life I guess. I’ve been talking about consistency, I’ve been talking about coping habits. Today, I’m just running on an empty tank, and so it struck me that I normally do a number of things where I’m consuming information, consuming other peoples wisdom and thoughts: my bible reading time, my time in prayer, reading books, listening to podcasts listening to audio books, reading blogs, that kind of thing.Normally I spend a lot of time doing that so that I can then turn around and produce something worth hearing, something helpful. In this season in my life, if I haven’t been doing that, which that’s kind of normal and

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Normally I spend a lot of time doing that so that I can then turn around and produce something worth hearing, something helpful. In this season in my life, if I haven’t been doing that, which that’s kind of normal and understandable, and all that stuff. The point is that consumption, consuming all of that information, doing all those things that fill the tank. Not just for the sake of coping, not for the sake of building a stress buffer, but doing a lot of those consumption activities is really a major part of what fuels productivity. Being able to produce content, whether it’s writing or video, but being able to produce stuff.Whatever you’re doing in your life, you’re producing something, you’re working on projects, you’re working on … Maybe all you do is, you go and you punch

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Whatever you’re doing in your life, you’re producing something, you’re working on projects, you’re working on … Maybe all you do is, you go and you punch clock, you work on an assembly line, you’re still producing something, you still need to take in something to be able to have the energy to do that. It’s going to be a little bit different for every person depending on your personality type and all those things, but make sure that you’re doing things that fill the tank. Understandably, I’m in a season where I’m not doing a whole lot of that right now, but we’ll get back in that rhythm, and I’ll have more to say, and more helpful things to say in the future.

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By Dan

Founder, Executive Director, Mental Health Counselor at Restored Life Counseling