In this world of speed and constant acceleration, I needed to take a break after my Mother’s death! The challenge of living in this fast-paced society can wreak havoc on your life and soul. Like me, perhaps your to-do list is bigger than you have time for in a day? We constantly hurry our meals, get ready for work, hasten the kids out the door, shop, complete errands, visit and hurry to bed. Why? So, we may start all over again the next day!


Since Mother’s death and my retirement, I have slowed down considerably. I needed to get away from my phone, computer, Facebook and social media entirely. My hobbies and reading habits (except scripture) had come to a halt. I had been silently sleeping away my days, hoping to avoid the pain and suffering! I realized I needed to seek a new direction, a direction where my soul would flourish and thrive. Sometimes, we need a deeper look at our own spiritual growth and how we can nourish our souls.


Most times, when we come to know ourselves, we have learned what kind of pace and approach is most conducive to nurturing and feeding our soul. A slower pace allows us to catch our breath, find spiritual balance and the joy we need. Many ask, “Can I bear the weight of sorrow in a world of sin and brokenness?” I answer, “Absolutely!” I have found joy in my sorrow. This joy keeps sorrow from crushing me and destroying me.


Nourishing your soul is vitally important to the health and balance of your life. When you take time to nurture your spiritual well-being, you create even more movement for positive things to flow. They say, you can give more easily to others when your cup is full. But, the more I hide from my challenges and fears, the more I allow them to grow! Facing my fears is a small act of courage, nothing more, but that’s easier said than done.


What we need is the ability to stand against the world. 2 Cor. 3:5-6 clarifies: “It is not that we think we are (sufficient) to do anything on our own. Our (sufficiency) comes from God.” God is the hero, and He wants us to acknowledge His supremacy by approaching our life challenges on His terms.


This scripture and a message from a reader, who follows my column, gave me hope in my struggles. It’s the idea, an everyday hero is within every single person, whether they are big or small. Real life heroes live out simple acts of kindness, courage and love. They make others feel good and benefit society in small ways. Those small benefits can eventually turn into a huge benefit, when we consider the ripple effect.
And to you, the person reading this, remember, you can mindfully, willingly, and joyfully choose random acts of kindness, thank you to all who do.


To make the world a better and brighter place, you can step out in small acts of courage and love to be an everyday hero.