When was the last time you felt AWE? You know, the feeling you get when the impossibly pink and plum sunset sinks down into the ocean like a lone sunbather slipping in for the last dip of the day…the swell you feel when the sky electrifies with shooting spires of glittering light as the cannon explodes with colorful Chinese fireworks. What about the sonnet that so completely speaks your own soul in another’s soft and beckoning voice that you are sure your heart has betrayed you to someone else…or the view of the stalwart lighthouse and the taste of the briney Atlantic as the misty saltwater sprays while crashing waves claw at the craggy shore.
There are moments in life that are meant to arrest us, to stop us in our tracks. These moments are there to remind us that there is another side of life. Some days we have to fight, scratch, and claw to just keep going. At times we feel that there is no point, or that it is all too much – then, out of nowhere, a light comes, a song, a smile, a flower. These things beckon us to remember that there is still beauty in the world, that Spring brings hope every year, that people are still good at heart. But if we refuse these moments, if we rush by them and neglect their message, we will miss the gift and our hearts will slowly dry then harden. Before long, we will be immune to the messages, and eventually we will become robotic, navigating through life without much feeling at all.
I saw a story this week that struck me. I want to share it with you. I have taken it directly from a Facebook post by The Raw Note – Wedding Live Band. Please listen to their retelling of this incident, and ponder their message.
How many things are you missing as you rush through life? To prime the pump and draw up the Goodness that lies in you, you must take very good care of your own heart. You must feed it a steady diet of Beauty, Trueness, Love, and Life-Giving things. This is a simple appeal from someone who believes in you and your potential for Goodness – please take time to feed your soul just like you feed your body. Make regular daily stops to take in something good for your heart. Discover things that make you feel awe and wonder. Seek out things that are beautiful. Read, dance, sing, explore. Let yourself be enchanted with the little wonders all around you. You will be astounded at the way your heart will soften, the way you will feel refreshed, nourished, and hopeful. Your soul is hungry – feed it for Goodness’ sake.
A “Good” Idea:
For three weeks, put yourself on a Goodness diet. Every time you feed your body, also feed your soul. Make a conscious choice to tend your heart and assess the impact on your life/well-being after three weeks.