Feeding the Soul….
In keeping with yesterday’s theme of feeding one’s soul, I started thinking about what, if anything, I’ve done to feed my soul over the years.
In high school, I wanted to take a photography class. My dad told me not to. He said that photographers need to take pictures from all kinds of angles. and, because of my disability, I would not be able to do that. I wouldn’t be able to kneel down, jump up, bend at weird angles, etc. He was both right and wrong.
And that speaks to Kurt Vonnegut’s point from yesterday‘s post… Who cares if you can’t do something with expertise. That doesn’t mean you can’t do it! There’s no right way to do soul work… There is only your way to feed your soul!
I did some journaling and some poetry writing. When I was in college I even had a couple of poems published in a different college’s poetry book… Long story…
Once I started working full-time, caring for my soul went on the back burner. About all I did was to try to get some reading in… Some good spirituality books and some trash romance novels just for fun. Spending time with friends was also a healthy thing that I did but I went many years not really creating anything.
I took a couple of painting classes with a good friend of mine. She progressed very well. I didn’t. On my last day of class I said to the lovely man that was our teacher… Jim, I believe that I have gone from “butt ugly” to “just awful!” And if I work very hard, I may someday reach “bad!” He laughed. Because it was true! Good or bad…painting wasn’t my thing!
Now, in the last couple of years, I’ve started taking pictures. And I was right all those years ago… I love it! I do everything on my phone. Technology has made photography so much more user-friendly! And my dad was right too…My coordination is bad. And I can’t always snap a picture from the angle that I would prefer. But it doesn’t mean I can’t have fun with it… I have over 6000 pictures on my phone to prove that I have fun with it… Well, that and because I’m not sure how to successfully move them to my hard drive! Sigh!
I might take 10 or 15 pictures just to get one good one. Some of them are tipped and tilted and look pretty goofy. And so what!
Again, thanks to technology, they are easily deleted and many are easily fixed. The point is not about expertise or perfectionism. The point is about enjoyment and fulfillment and feeding my soul! The point is about celebrating when I can tweak a picture and feel like I got an excellent shot! That’s food for the soul!
So today… On the second day of our month-long blog challenge… I would encourage you to think about how you might be feeding your soul. And if you’re not, I would encourage you to think about how you might change that. What could you do to brighten your day? What could you do to feel good at the end of that day? What can you do to feed your soul?
These are important questions because you are an important part of the universal whole. The universe needs you. And it needs whatever joy and beauty you can bring into it by feeding your own soul…
I’m glad you’re here!
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