Martin Luther King Jr. Day!
This post has nothing to do with what one would call a "health related" topic, but I think that the dedication and devotion that Martin Luther King Jr. had to his cause, helps to fill someone on an emotional and spiritual level that I many of us miss out on due to "just trying to get it done."
That passion fuels us and sustains us in ways that food or material items cannot do. When you devote yourself to service for others and helping others for their common good you are able to find yourself fulfilled. Happy. Not always searching for more.
Emotional and spiritual health are as important as nourishing food and having a roof over your head. It is often pushed to the side or minimized because our world is becoming faster and faster: multi-tasking, micro-managing, texting, facebook, and tweeting. While we can sustain that for a short while, after time, all that running starts to take its toll. We need to relearn how to take a moment and breathe. Or just stop. Pray. Meditate. Take some time and find out what you feel passionate about relating to others. Is it making sure that no one goes hungry? That everyone should have access to clean water? That no one should feel unsafe in their homes? What about animals and animal cruelty? And then take that first step. Drop off a bag of food at the local food bank. Go through your old clothes and take them to a homeless shelter. Take a second step. Spend some time volunteering at the humane society, or a soup kitchen. Help deliver Meals on Wheels..... and listen to the stories that the elderly can tell. Really listen to them.
When you feel that unwinding in the center of your chest, the ability to take a deep breath, it will surprise you. You might have not even realized it was there. But, as you fill your cup by helping others and giving to others, your emotional and spiritual self with be fed too. Try it, the feeling makes you want to keep going and it makes you want to spread the word to others. Give. Love. Grow.
“Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.