He wore stress on his face, and burning the candle at both ends was taking its toll. There were deadlines and lists and bottom lines, and the daily grind was sucking the life out of him and his goal. The last thing he needed was more hours in a day.
Yet like him, that is exactly what we think we need once we begin pouring into our goals and dreams. Suddenly important becomes necessary…necessary becomes urgent…urgent becomes consuming. And we are left very quickly spent and burned out. And in our energy depleted state, we question our choices and ponder if anyone will ever really care if we give up anyway, least of all us.
Every goal has a life span, and that life span is determined largely by how we feed our soul along the way. Just as our bodies need fuel, our soul needs to be fed apart from lists and responsibilities and deadlines. What we need is a good “soul feeding.”Our soul needs to drink deeply of life in order to give life to our dreams. Click To Tweet
It’s a balancing, an aligning that takes place when we cease striving and take time to soak in everything surrounding our existence, for no other reason than to absorb comfort and pleasure and peace.
When I need to feed my soul, I lose myself in the things that make me lose track of time. I sink into people and experiences that bring warmth and refreshment. I linger in all that grounds me and reminds me of how beautiful this life is here and now.
Feeding our soul doesn’t have to be extravagant or costly. A soul feeding should be whatever causes us to exhale.
The kind that brings the glimmer back into our weary eyes and makes us throw back our head in laughter.
The kind that replenishes our heart with joy and gratitude and births a renewed perspective.
The kind that makes our soul dance and hope and dream.
Whatever it is, find it and sink into it.
Nothing need be more necessary, more urgent or more consuming until after we have taken time to feed our souls so they are rooted and refreshed. Then inspiration will come without any effort on our part. And motivation will return with a surging.
We won’t wish for more hours in a day because we will be more productive with the hours given. The candle will burn longer and brighter.
The journey will be richer, and the goal will be sweeter because we traveled with not only a full heart, but also with a full soul.
What makes you lose track of time?
What brings your soul comfort and joy and warmth?
What makes your soul dance?
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