In many ways really.
The literal interpretation, lack of electricity is rather accurate: we have no voltage on the mains and haven’t had it for about an hour or so. Thankfully other things, like the iPad, are still functional.
A different way of looking at it is just an overall malaise. That’s correct as well. At work we’ve all been through a lot. It takes a lot out of me. I’m sure I’m not alone in that feeling.
Finally, it can mean a lack of control. That, likewise, is true in a way. You might say, George, you just wrote about making choices. You’re very right of course. We have inertia. We are the train that just switched tracks. The switch is the choice, but the train continues to barrel down the tracks. The control is nothing more than a nudge.
But power is something we all have. And we all need. We can choose to give it up… That that’s a choice as well.
That is not to say that the train can stop on a dime. It’s not that at all. It’s that you can choose to ignore the switch and take the default, pre-set option.
Power is the balance between the choices and the inertia. Knowing what is possible, and what is not. Power is the force you have to effect change, then applying it.
(side note: I had to end with that last sentence because I can’t ignore the physics definition of power, which is force applied over a distance in a given period of time.)
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