I never would have thought that writing a series of blogs on the word “energy” would have an impact, even just a small one, on my life.  I chose the word several months ago because it was intriguing to me.  The whole idea of energy attracts me, because it really is everywhere.  We learn about it in math, science, ag-ed, psychology, and even gym.  One word has such a diverse range of functions.  I chose the word energy for a deeper reason than that, though.  I am not someone who would be described as an energetic person, and I know that I can be quite lazy.  Energy appealed to me, it’s something I’m not. 

                So I began my journey into energy, and was surprised with some of the things I found.  Energy has such a broad range of applications, it’s very easy to find multiple things to write about that center around the word “energy”.  I chose to focus on the multitude of genres of energy, which made this blog fairly simple to write.  If I became stumped with a certain idea, like Solar Energy, I could easily google another use of energy, such as it’s application in sexual fitness.  The broad range of applications of energy also lead me to open my eyes to new ideas.  I never knew about the extent of the solar energy industry, or the energy art movement, or even how children’s stories were all about energy.   I found out that the ideas of “warmth” and energy were very closely related, and that warmth can almost be considered a measure of how much energy is in a system.  On the other hand, I have come to the conclusion that energy is an undefinable term.  There are so many different uses for it, some of which are total opposites, that it’s impossible to come up with an umbrella definition.  I’ve decided to accept the idea that energy falls into the same category as God; you can’t see it, and you can’t feel it, but it’s there.

This unseen element has had an interesting effect on my life.  As I said before, one factor that played into me choosing energy was because it was the opposite of me.  However, after reading all I have about energy, I must say that my lifestyle has changed.  I researched Buddhist energy tips in one blog, and the ideas presented to me through my research changed the way I think about my health.  After reading all of these tips, and how even the smallest things, like changing your socks, could raise your energy levels, I began to try some of them myself.  I did notice a difference: the days I ate better, slept more, and tried some of the unique tips that Buddha suggested, I felt better.  As weird as it is, and as much as I hate to admit it, because then I have to say a teacher was right, blogging about energy did modify my lifestyle.

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The Energy Entity

Energy is such a diverse word…I’ve already written about how it can be a scientific idea,  a thing that people should conserve, a description of a state of being…but the word energy is the same in all of these ideas.  The thing is, how did people come up with a term for something that you can’t see, or hear, or taste, or touch.  Energy is such an abstract concept, how did people decide it even existed?

People first recognized energy in the stone age, by making fire.  During the middle ages, people began using water wheels to gather energy.  Water was succeeded by steam, steam by electricity, and electricity by gasoline, and new, “reusable” biofuels.  Energy has been around forever.

The first person to really define energy was Gottfried Leibniz, a Latin scholar.   Thomas Young, in his 1802 lectures to the Royal Society, was the first man to make energy a topic of discussion. Benjamin Franklin made an energy contribution when he did his kite, key and lightning experiment.  Of course, Thomas Edison and Einstein paid their respects to the study of energy, too.  Thomas Edison hugely contributed to the commonality of energy through his lightbulb expiriments.

Presidents have contributed to ideologies about energy.  In 1992, 2005, and 2009, the Presidents have made new Energy Acts.  Each of these differ slightly.  The fact that two out of three of these acts have been composed in the past 7 years suggests that America is becoming much more energy aware.


The Little Engine That Could

A little steam engine with very little excess energy had a long train of cars to expend energy on.

She had enough energy till she came to a steep hill. But then, no matter how much energy she expended, she could not move the long train of cars.

She used her energy and more energy. She puffed and she puffed. She reserved her remaining energy, rested, and tried using all of her available energy again. Choo! Choo!

But no! the cars did not have enough forward energy to go up the hill.

At last she left the train and with no remaining energy, slowly crawled the track alone. Do you think she had stopped releasing energy? No, indeed! She was going for help.

“Surely I can find someone to help me,” she thought, and the hope helped her find a little reserve of energy.

Over the hill and up the track  the little steam engine expelled energy. Choo, choo! Choo, choo! Choo, choo! Choo!

Pretty soon she saw a big steam engine standing on a side track. He looked like  he had a large amount of energy. Running alongside, she looked up and said:

“Will you help me over the hill with my train of cars? It is so long and heavy I don’t have enough energy to get it over.”

The big steam engine looked down at the little steam engine. The he said:

“Don’t you see that I am through using energy for the day? I have been rubbed and allowed to sit so that I may reserve energy to be ready for my next run. No, I cannot expel energy for you,”

The little steam engine was sorry, but she wasted her energy and went on, Choo, choo! Choo, choo! Choo, choo! Choo, choo!

Soon she came to a second big steam engine standing on a side track. He was puffing and puffing, as if he had used up all of his energy.

“That big steam engine may help me,” thought the little steam engine. She quickly expelled energy to get alongside and asked:

“Will you help me bring my train of cars over the hill? It is so long and so heavy that I don’t have enough energy to get it over.”

The second big steam engine answered:

“I have just come in from a long, long run. Don’t you see how much energy I have lost? Can’t you get some other engine to use energy for you this time?

“I’ll try,” said the little steam engine, and off she went, using more energy. Choo, choo! Choo, choo! Choo, choo!

After a while she came to a little steam engine just like herself. She ran alongside and said:

“Will you help me over the hill with my train of cars? It is so long and so heavy that I don’t have enough energy to get it over.”

“Yes, indeed!” said this little steam engine. “I’ll be glad to help you, if I can muster enough energy.”

So the little steam engines used energy to get back to where the train of cars had been standing. Both little steam engines went to the head of the train, one behind the other.

Puff, puff! Chug, choo! Off they started to use energy!

Slowly the cars began to receive a forward energy. Slowly they used energy to climb the steep hill. As they expelled massive amounts of energy, each little steam engine began to sing:

“I-think-I-have enough energy! I-think-I-have enough energy! I-think-I-have enough energy! I-think-I-have enough energy! I-think-I-can! I-think-I-can! I think I can – I think I can – I think I can I think I can–“

And they did! Very soon they were over the hill and going down the other side.

Now they were on the plain again; and the little steam engine had enough energy to pull the train herself. So she thanked the little engine who had come to expel her energy, and said good-by.

And she went merrily on her way, singing:

“I-thought-I-had enough energy! I-thought-I-had enough energy! I-thought-I-had enough energy! I-thought-I-had enough energy

See, even little kids learn very early on how important energy is.

A Very Energetic Artist

Energy is everywhere, and people have started to realize and embrace this fact.  Instead of being an abstract concept, energy has become a tangible, definable medium of expression.  The Energy Art Movement is one of the biggest expressions of a defined energy.  The collection of artists that participate in this movement come from all over the world, and have large art shows in Europe and the states.  They all have one goal: capture energy in a visual form.  The description of the movement, from the Energy Art website, sums everything up very nicely:

“Some paintings vibrate with energy. Impressionists like Monet tried to capture light. Futurists like Boccioni portrayed motion and speed. Expressionists like Van Gogh conveyed emotions. These qualities – light, speed, emotion – are variations of energy. Energy is one of the most ephemeral qualities to depict.

Energy may be indefinable but it is a universal concept. Some feel energy as a connection with another human being; some perceive it as the brightness or the heat of the sun on an astounding day. Others label energy as a destructive force while still others see it as the genesis of life. We all have an innate sense of the impact of energy.

Energy Art is the depiction of energy using color, form, and composition to create inventive and expressive works of art that resonate with impact and feeling. These are those works that pulsate with a mysterious force, whether it is a force beyond us or part of our own elemental humanity.”

These are some of the most popular energy art pieces:






Energy in Literature

So energy is definitely found in literature, just look at all the self-help books on how to improve your energy levels, or have a better energy around you.  But what about in actual literature?  Like real, fiction, classic literature.

Well, there’s a definite presence of energy in Beloved.  The poltergeist  energy is one of the biggest examples of energy.  When Paul D steps in the room, he sees the “red light” that hung around the house.  But besides the poltergeist energy, there’s also the decreasing energy that Baby Suggs felt after she no longer believed what she preached.  She felt no will to live, and just gave up, and had no more energy.  Also, later on in the book, Sethe feels this same type of energy loss, and is ready to give up on life because she feels so tired. Energy loss is used as a tool to show a decreasing value of life in the book, and is also used to show purity.  The more innocent characters have more energy, like Denver, while the characters with a poor past, like Sethe, do not have as much energy.

Need Energy?

Usually, when people talk about energy, they’re complaining that they have a lack of it.  Over 50% of the American population reports not having enough energy, according to a survey by Good Morning America.  So I figured I’d try to find some good tips for people that can help them get more energy, and by looking at what can help you gain energy, you get a better idea of what energy actually is.

So, straight from the Buddhists, here are the first 30 of a series of 55 tips to get more energy:

1. Change your socks for refreshment.

2. Rock out loud.

3. Get rid of the stuffy nose.

4. Work with your body’s clock.

5. Have a piece of chocolate.

6. Have an afternoon power snack.

7. Hit up the water cooler for inconsequential banter.

8. Eat lots of berries.

9. Wear brighter colors.

10. Take a power nap.

11. Flirt.

12. Aromatherapy with lavender.

13. Wake up at the same time everyday.

14. Drink lots of water.

15. Use caffeine wisely.

16. Avoid energy drinks.

17. Eat low glycemic (low or complex carb) foods.

18. Eat more soluble fiber.

19. Get your Vitamin C.

20. Sniff some citrus.

21. Cover the B Vitamins.

22. Quit smoking.

23. Play to relax.

24. Eat smaller, more frequent meals.

25. Enjoy a cup of tea.

26. Splash some water on your face.

27. Stand up, stretch and take a couple of deep breaths.

28. Get your world organized.

29. Look on the bright side.

30. Take a mini-vacation.


Some of them don’t even seem like they’d help improve energy levels, but they show that energy is directly related to happiness.


Now to the scientific part of energy…I won’t even begin to explain it, I’ll  just let Bill Nye do what he does best.


Energy’s everywhere. No if, ands, or buts about it.