Updated: Aug 11, 2020
Power of Presence
Written by Rosie Basquin
The word power is such a strong word. A word that signifies strength and courage. Power. Power in the presence. Power in being present. Just being there. That’s why parents are encouraged to spend time with their newborns in those first few months of their life. There is power in their presence. To bond with their child, so their baby can feel their presence.
There is power in the presence. Power in being present. That's why church services are jammed packed with lifted hands and crying souls. The proclamation of their faith evokes the presence of God in which they feel present, alive. There is rejuvenation and strength that is followed by this strong presence.
There is power in the presence. Power in being present. Being present in your own life and in others. The people that you interact with on a daily basis. Their ideologies, their values, their reasonings. People of the world are constantly evolving. Producing new ideas, internalizing a new experience, thinking of a master plan. Everyone is always in their own heads worried about the next thing or doing this next thing, very seldom do we stop and think “what kind of power does my presence hold?” Where do I seek that power from? What am I doing in my life that is fueling a positive presence to others?
As for me-- I am a writer. A new writer, slowly progressing her way into the world of writing but a writer nonetheless. I will continue to grow, I will continue to evolve. I am writing. I am sowing the seed, I am moving forward. Good or bad, advancements and setbacks aside, its growth. It's a forward motion. But in order to keep that ideology, that notion that I can and will progress in my craft, I need the strength and encouragement to keep going!
There is power in the presence. Power in being present. Being present in my faith, in my walk with our heavenly Father. The power that I feel after being in his presence changes me. It makes me want to be better, do better. Now, don't get me wrong… I am human, we are all human. I can feel rejuvenated and all-powerful one day and still fall short immediately after. Fortunately, our shortcomings dont define who we are, our daily progress does.
What are you plugged into? What do you surround yourself with on a daily basis? Where are you seeking your encouragement? Is your “thing” music? Creating art? Listening to podcasts/motivational speakers? All of that has an impact. There is power in being immersed in the presence of your “thing” and finding your happy place.
In this life, there is so much I have learned, yet there is still so much to learn. I find myself constantly questioning “am I doing it right?” Is this okay? Should I be doing better? Could I be doing better? But then I began to look outward… What am I immersing myself in on a daily basis? What does my daily routine say about me? Is there something I would like to change, and how can I make that change?
For starters, this is not a post that is telling you to change your life, love God, and surround yourself with only positivity and those are the keys to a bountiful and blessed life. No. Sounds good, but realistically? Not going to happen. Again, we are human. We fall short. Every. Single. Time. But don't panic! Even as humans who can never seem to get it right the first go-around, slow and steady wins the race, and in this thing called life, this race doesn't end until our hearts stop and our minds cease and God calls us home.
Until then, we gotta figure it out. One day at a time, by one small act, one kind gesture. Repeatedly. Everyday. Baby steps. Crawl until you walk. Every day you will get better. The moment you start doing things that bring power in your presence, when you are doing things that align with your purpose, you will want to be fully immersed in the power of that presence.
Still unsure how to begin? Think back to the child version of you. What did you love? What did you spend most of your time doing? I've learned that finding your calling/purpose in this life resonates strongly with what you loved to do in your childhood. When you were innocent and pure and life didn't taint you with its hard lessons. The very things I loved to do as a child, like read books, write unfinished fiction children stories, & make art are the very things I love to do now.
So take the step, be encouraged. There is power in the presence; find your power and make it count!