I stumbled on Nathan’s Dangerous Harvests blog again last night. While I’m not a regular reader, I did recognize his blog (the way we glimpse a stranger in a crowd and think, “I’ve seen that face before”). One of his April posts, “What feeds your spirit?” questioned how we fill our days (and our minds). What things brighten your mind? What things darken them? He shared his own list:
1. Gardening, even the “tedious” parts like weeding.
2. Researching and learning new things.
3. Breathing fresh air.
4. Conversation and time with loved ones.
5. Writing and art.
7. Bodies of water.
8. Watching squirrels, cats, and other “wild” animals.
9. Outdoor meditation
Many of Nathan’s listings resonate with me. But do I make time for them? If our doings today are our memories tomorrow, am I stockpiling a happy story or a bunch of regrets? As a long-ago law professor once quipped, “We’re always doing what’s urgent, rather than what’s important.”
What feeds your spirit? And are you starving or satisfying it?