My sister’s Facebook profile this morning read, “wishing I was at home in bed with a cup of tea and a good book. I guess it’s just that kind of day.”
While doing some research this morning, I realized that going to community meetings in my neighborhood really feeds my soul. It makes me realize I’m not alone, that others care, and that together a group of people can make a difference.
And come to think of it, a lot of other things feed my soul, too. Laughing and enjoying a good home-cooked meal with my husband. Hanging out on the couch with Raisin (the cat) curled on my lap and Ellis (the dog) asleep by my side. Smelling garden-fresh peppers roasting beneath the broiler. Hugging an old friend and catching up with each others’ lives. Walking through our neighborhood, smiling at neighbors and taking in the scents of fall. Reading comments at One Green Generation, and thinking about how wonderful all you people are out there, and thinking about the good things you’re doing, too.
These are just a few of the things that feed my soul during difficult times. It is tough to watch or read the news, and to worry about our finances, and to fear the state of the climate and the resources we are depleting and the people and creatures who suffer. But I encourage you to push on, to do as much as you can to put positive good into the world, and also to allow yourself time to feed your own soul.
An American Psychological Association poll released today found that 80% of Americans are feeling stress, anger, and/or fatigue because of personal finances and the state of the economy. More than half said they lie awake at night. Almost half said they have been eating badly.
Remember as you go about your day that others may be more stressed or irritable than normal. Take care of yourself and your family. Eat well. Shop sustainably. Save money. And make sure you actively seek out ways to de-stress and unwind. Nurture yourself and those around you.
What Feeds Your Soul?
Please feel free to share here. And then… go do it!