Friday, February 24, 2012

Source or Sink

When it comes to personal energy, are you a source or a sink?

Source and sink are terms used in science and engineering. A source produces something--a spring is a source. A sink consumes something--a hole in the ground that water pours into is a sink-hole. In electrical engineering, source and sink are applied to the flow of electricity.

It occurred to me this morning as I perused a wiring diagram for a new sensor array that the terms source and sink could be applied to the flow of personal energy much in the way they're applied to electrical energy.

For example, you probably know someone who is so consistently pessimistic, resistant and negative that the lights seem to dim whenever she walks into the room. She's such an energy sink that even the Energizer bunny misses a beat. You also probably know someone who lights up the room whenever he arrives. His optimism, enthusiasm and energy are contagious.

It's the rare person who's either always a source or always a sink; we all have our moments. With some people it's difficult to discern whether they're bias is source or sink; it's hard to discern any energy flow whatsoever. With others, it's a matter of tracking the net-output as their energy biases are manic. Sometimes they're great sources of energy; sometimes they're great sinks. The question is: when you add up all the inflow and outflow, what's the net energy flow?

So, how would you describe you? Are you a personal-energy source or a personal-energy sink?

Your bias may change with your environment. You may be a sink with one group and a source with another. Your capacity to source the second group might be directly proportional to the capacity you sink from the first.

You can have strong (if not good) relationships between someone who is a source and someone who is a sink. You can also have strong relationships between like-biased people. There's this curious phenomenon where to sinks somehow manage to create consumable negative energy in a sort of negative feedback loop. The consumption may not be healthy, but it seems to satisfy their sink-ness.

In my experience, the best relationships are the ones between two sources; although scientifically impossible, it would seem that the relationship yields a net flow of energy that exceeds the summed capacity of the two; they seem to produce energy from nothing. You put together two strong sources and even when their batteries seem drained, they can produce amazing amounts of energy.

So which are you, source or sink? What about the people around you? How about keeping track today of net-energy flow? In each situation ask yourself, "Am I being an energy source or an energy sink?"

Then, decide whether you want to continue as you are, change your energy bias, ramp it up (or down), or, just leave.

Happy Friday,

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