Just like your body needs to eat everyday, your soul needs to be fed too.
The problem is that many of us fail to give our souls the nourishment it deserves.
Hope is to our soul what energy is to our bodies. Hope is the spiritual energy generated in the soul when we believe that our future is good, even if our present circumstances aren’t. Our souls must have hope to keep going, just as our bodies must have energy to keep moving.
Hope speaks to the future; hope is something we feel only about the future, whether it’s five days or five hundred years from today. We are never hopeful about the past.
We can be thankful for the past. The past can influence or even assure us a future filled with hope.
But remember … all the wonderful things that have happened to us in the past will not energize our hope if our future looks desolate. We must have hope for the future to keep moving forward.
When we’re hopeful, we can endure a lot of present misfortunes.
You may have heard the phrase “We are what we eat”, and it is usually a statement made in reference to food. However, I submit to you, it can also be applied to the things we use to “feed” our spirits on a daily basis.
The foods we eat are responsible for sustaining our physical bodies and allowing us to maintain good health.
Just as importantly, the well being of our souls depends on our wise, spiritual food choices.
As humans, one of the things we have to do to stay alive is eat healthy! Along with air, water, and sleep, our bodies need physical food. The nutritious content in the food we eat keeps our bodies healthy and strong. If we neglect to nourish our physical bodies, our health will eventualy decline.
Your soul works the same way! We must regularly feed our souls to stay alive and spiritually fit. We must continually and purposefully nurture our souls with positive, rich and beautiful ideas and thoughts.
Junk food is the type of food that has little or no nutritional value and may be full of harmful ingredients that could have both short-term and long-term negative effects on the body.
Likewise, there are a quite a few things we are exposed to every day that are spiritual junk food.
Take for example, the news, full of negative reports of gloom and doom, along with reports of impending ill fortune and ever increasing wickedness.
Then there is music that berates others and/or promotes hate, disharmony and evil.
These examples of spiritual “junk” food, when taken in on a consistent basis, will keep us spiritually malnourished and open to bouts of depression and despair.
Here are some positive, rich and beautiful thoughts for your soul to snack on … Feed Your Soul:
“Obstacles are necessary for success because victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats.” – Og Mandino
“I was not delivered unto this world in defeat, nor does failure course in my veins. I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd. I am a lion and I refuse to talk, to walk, to sleep with the sheep. I will hear not those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious. Let them join the sheep. The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny.” – Og Mandino
“Today will never happen again. Don’t waste it with a false start or no start at all.” – Og Mandino
“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.” – Og Mandino
“Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity.” – Og Mandino
“I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth I will apply ALL my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.” – Og Mandino
“Always render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be.” – Og Mandino
“Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.” – Og Mandino
“Work as though you would live forever, and live as though you would die today. Go another mile!” – Og Mandino
“Remind thyself, in the darkest moments, that every failure is only a step toward success, every detection of what is false directs you toward what is true, every trial exhausts some tempting form of error, and every adversity will only hide, for a time, your path to peace and fulfillment. ” – Og Mandino
“I will not allow yesterday’s success to lull me into today’s complacency, for this is the great foundation of failure.” – Og Mandino
“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” – Og Mandino
“Your only limitations are those you set up in your mind, or permit others to set up for you.” – Og Mandino
“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” – Og Mandino
“Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.” – Og Mandino
“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.” – Og Mandino
“Cherish each hour of this day for it can NEVER return.” – Og Mandino