The content of my weekly blogs is drawn primarily from ancient Hebrew wisdom literature, while the 2020 format was inspired by James Clear’s “3-2-1” Thursdays. Building from my recent book UNBEATABLE! Seven Pillars of Personal Excellence, each week you will receive One Pillar/Proverb, One Principle and One Practical.
“You are only able to live in a way that really helps and loves others when your soul feels its worth. Yet we often pay far more attention to our work or our bodies or our finances than to our souls.”-John Ortberg
It’s almost unthinkable that Justin is not with us after his tragic death last year. June 1, 2020 would have been his 41st birthday and, boy, is he missed. I’m not sure who first coined the term, but at times like this we recite the words “may his soul rest in peace.”
Although we use that expression for those who have passed on from this life, I wonder whether we should be saying this more often to each other while we are still alive. How is your soul rest going? Are you at peace today? I don’t just mean in your relationships with others, but I’m referring to the deep, innermost parts of your being. Sometimes, it’s during periods of trial and adversity that we learn how to truly rest.
I desire to become more vigilant in this area, even as I pursue what I consider to be noble goals of servant leadership at home, excellence in my profession and ministry service as a teacher in my spiritual community. I’m noticing, however, that I’m still in a rush, especially in my heart and in my thoughts, and have not been sufficiently settled internally. Yet, I’m glad for the increasing self-awareness that will hopefully lead to increasing calmness of spirit, ease of mind and peace of heart.
Decide during this early part of June to declutter your soul whether by journaling, quiet reflection, prayer or transparent confession to a friend.
To learn more about these pillars of personal excellence, read UNBEATABLE! which is now available on Amazon in print and as an e-book.