I noticed lately that some the posts and links in this blog’s “Feed Your Soul” category don’t really seem like spiritual sustenance.
As I looked more closely, I saw that they were about things that drain our energy. They were about leaks in our bowl that keep us from getting enough calories into our mouth.
Sometimes our bowl has so many holes it feels like we’re serving ourselves soup in a colander.
It’s hard but necessary work to find and patch all the leaky places—or at least enough of them.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been working to patch the time-suck hole that Facebook makes in my life. I want the gifts of relationship it gives, but not the mindless scrolling and checking for new connections. So I’m working on it.
I’m also facing up to underlying feelings about midlife, about disorganization and inattention, about my life’s purpose. You can lose years of your life in the fog of caring for small children, and when those years take place in midlife, it ups the ante. So I’m working on that.
I could continue this list, because really, sometimes my colander is more like a sieve.
But you get the idea. I wonder—what drains your energy? What keeps you from retaining all the good, nourishing, soul-filling experiences that come your way? And what helps you patch your leaky places?