In six weeks, we’ll be deluged with New Year’s resolutions, “Get back to the gym!” provocations and countless stories of encouragement of how to start out our year “on the right foot.” As if starting out on the left foot was such a bad thing. Poor attempt at humor, I know! Usually at this time of year, we’re just about ready for new beginnings. But in order to start anew, we need to finish the job and close out what we’ve already started.
Soul problems. We try to solve them with politics. Electing this leader or that. But our problems are much deeper. By denying the soul, we have gone blind to the truth of one another in the first place. What’s the result of that? Of course one result is consumerism, which leads to inequality and stagnation. Another is bigotry and extremism — because if you don’t have a soul, then they don’t, either. But to me the most poisonous is just distance. Distance from life itself. And in that distance suffering is born. Suffering is like a disease. We give it to one another, because we can’t bear it alone.
When you’re not doing what you love — what God put you here to do — your life is not in rhythm. What should be easy becomes difficult. For most of us, the biggest challenge in our personal development is finding — then doing that thing we’re meant to do.