Often times we find ourselves consumed by desire. We desire to feel better, know better, and be better. Sometimes we look to fulfill these desires, these wants masked as needs, with all of the wrong things. We look to obtain material possessions by shopping for the latest fashions or electronic devices. We seek our five minutes of fame by posting excessively to social media websites, trying desperately to appear more emotionally well than what is real. We build a collection of followers, hundreds of them, so that we can say that we are important. We overindulge in food to fill our bellies, when in fact what we really yearn for is the chance to feed our souls.
If you are in search of a happiness that is fleeting or a joy that is less than abundant, all of the things mentioned above will work for you. Material possessions and a lifestyle maintained on voracity will tide you over—but only for a little while. Such assets will not quiet the hunger that lies deep within your soul or bring the warmth of true happiness to your heart. A life lived based on falsehoods or misplaced desire will not bring to you any amount of true and honest enrichment.
When interviewed recently on the Today Show, Peak Performance Coach and Life Strategist, Anthony Robbins said, “When people die… nobody talks about the trophy they won, nobody talks about the house they had. They talk about the times in their lives with the people that they love and the people that touched them, and who they touched.” The message here is simple: fill your life with an abundance of love. Fill your life with an abundance of great experiences. When there is a void in your life and in your spirit, reach out to the people around you. Offer a helping hand to anyone in need and watch as your heart swells with a fullness that material items and misplaced desires could never bring.
Watch as the homeless man’s eyes light up when you give to him food to nourish his body. Not only has his hunger been satiated, but his soul uplifted to know that kindness exists in the world. You won’t be able to resist the feeling of joy that accompanies such an act of love. Give your time to a child in need, whether that child is your own or not. Be the difference in a child’s life and watch how just your time and attention will help a child to grow and grow beautifully. Watch how you blossom as well. Share the gift of your knowledge with others and help them to know better than what they knew before. As you give this gift, do so knowing that true knowledge is always paid forward in that it is shared, and shared, and shared. And it is through such acts of generosity, kindness, and love that your spirit becomes full; it erupts with a purpose so strong that the very essence of your soul carries on even after you have from this world departed.
Have you fed your soul today? Be the difference in someone’s life by filling your own with acts of generosity, kindness, and love. Share your experiences with us on Facebook—you never know whose life your words may touch.
This article is intended for general education purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional counseling or medical care. If you are interested in seeking professional counseling, please call The Stone Foundation at 410-296-2004.
Melissa Brooks-Cuffee holds two Bachelor of Science degrees from Towson University: one in Psychology, the other in English. She has sustained memberships with both the Psi Chi and Lambda Iota Tau honor fraternities, and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore. Melissa also volunteers with E-buddies-a program of Best Buddies International.