New Year, Renewed Will Power

“Will power is trying hard not to do something that you really want to do,” said Frog.
“You mean like trying not to eat all of these cookies?” Asked Toad
“Right,” said Frog.

From a Traditional Chinese medicine perspective, will power is housed by the energetic system of the kidneys. A strong kidney energy indicates drive, determination, and single-mindedness in the pursuit of goals. If the kidney system is weakened by a number of factors, including an abundance of stress, overwork, lack of sleep, or general physical or emotional depletion, then you may lack this drive, determination, and initiative, and then you can be swayed from your goals.

Some teachings never lose their power and relevance and can begin with wisdom gleaned from early childhood. Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel reminds us of the meaning of will power. Following these potent words, let’s choose to use our will power this New Year for better decisions, better health and more happiness.


Acupuncturist, herbalist, Maya abdominal practitioner, and reflexologist Christina Morris is the founder of Element Natural Healing Arts. Writing about health and wellness gives her an outlet to express her care and concern for her beloved community. She believes everyone can achieve better health and happiness–emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually.