Bucky knows best

A 5-year-old girl once asked Buckminster Fuller, the American architect and philosopher, “What is fire?” Now, Bucky Fuller was a firm believer that most traditionally educated adults are too specialized, that they often fail to answer the most innocent and logical of questions. So he chose his words carefully when he said in reply,

Fire is the Sun unwinding from the tree’s log.

He further explained to her that as the Earth revolves around the Sun, the tree’s leaves soak up the Sun’s rays, feeding it, allowing it to grow. When it’s cut down, each ring of the log is one year of trapped sunlight. Thus, the fire is the tree letting go of sunny days from long ago.

It can be so easy to overcomplicate the simple. To forget that there’s a fixed amount of energy in this universe: it cannot be created or destroyed, only transferred or stored for later use. What if we considered our own personal energy consumption in the same way? Would we use it more wisely? With more intention? Would we choose to use it for good or evil?

We all know someone, maybe that someone is you, who seems to expend an exorbitant amount of energy being negative and trying to spread that negativity to others. Misery may love company, but just because we receive negative energy doesn’t mean we have to give it back in the same way. They say it takes fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown, right?

Energy: that elusive beast we can never seem to find enough of in our busy lives. The truth is, we all have a fixed amount of energy, but it’s up to us to choose how we spend it. As Bucky Fuller would probably say, you get out what you put in. 

So, find your sun, soak it up, and turn it into a fire that fuels you – mind, body, and soul.


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