We're all aware of "pacing." In my mind, pacing has meant: "Managing activity levels so that PEM does not happen." I've gotten pretty good at pacing over time. However, yesterday morning, I was on my computer and felt waves of fatigue wash over me, which is my signal to put the computer down and rest. In that moment, I fully realized that I am still pushing myself beyond my energy capabilities. I should not be engaging in activities until waves of intense fatigue wash over me. Even though I always stop when I feel these signs of fatigue, and even though I am very careful to not trigger PEM, I am still using up far too much energy than I should be. I wondered: What would happen if I stopped using up so much energy? Would I feel different, day-to-day? Would I start healing faster? These questions brought me to a clear conclusion: I need to change how I'm living so that I stay within my "fatigue threshold." This absolutely means doing less activity, and the thought of that made me extremely angry for a minute or two. Then I looked at my anger from another angle: The fact that I'm angry about having to scale back my life means that I actively value the life that I do have. It also means that I am wanting to live life to the fullest despite being chronically ill. Valuing one's life and wanting to live life to the fullest are good things! ...and those can be very hard to come by in our situations. My new goal is to create a "surplus" of energy. This is quite a bit loftier than the goal of eliminating PEM (aka: "not feeling extremely awful for days"). Today is "Day One" of creating a surplus by scaling back activity. This is working well so far. My mind is brighter, my mood is better, and my body feels more alive. I'm going to keep doing this! I wonder how many of us are doing way too much without realizing it. The problem is that we're doing so much less than we used to, and we're constantly bombarded with the activity levels of "healthy people." So, we might feel that we couldn't possibly be overdoing it. This would be especially true if we've become good at avoiding PEM. But, how much better off would we be if we scaled back further?