Some people just are. It’s like a fragrance. A feeling. It’s undeniable. Sweet souls nourish you and I. We are attracted to sweet souls not for some surficial reason but rather for their sweetness and the power it has to transform us. Sweet souls are more fragrant and more nutritious because of the humble and grovel they’ve endured in the ripening process.
So how do we become plump, nutritious, sweet, soul fruit? How do we keep from becoming re-engineered fruit devoid of nutrients or worse yet spoil and go putrid before we’ve fully ripened?
You see it’s not the tall stalk, those fruity achievements or even all the countries our fruit has been blessed to visit- that determine if our fruit will nourish others.
The sweetest souls have been hard pressed by life, but not crushed, perplexed by loss and pain but not overcome, struck down more than once or perhaps even forty times, but have refused to grow rotten, hardened or putrid.
Humility sweetens a soul.
And the prerequisite to humility is groveling; falling down, failing and losing perhaps even traversing tragedy.
Most of us wouldn’t choose to grovel, given the choice. I too would have thought that success and victory would make better life companions than humble and grovel. But what did I know? How could I have known that the only way to soul sweetness was through groveling and humility?
Groveling awakens the human spirit faster than most any experience. It tenderizes hearts, encourages compassion, understanding, empathy and makes us experts at vulnerability. And it leads us to humility, without which we’d never become nourishing life fruit.
Sweet. Some lives just are.
A sweet spirit is my goal. I assume that’s why I’ve been afforded the opportunities to be hard pressed on every side, perplexed and fooled by life’s twist and turns but have not yet lost hope. And possibly this is why, after all my groveling- I’ve found humility- the soul transforming experience that is responsible for turning what might have turned rancid, putrid or rotten into something that quite possibly might nourish and refresh others.
Fruit that nourishes others.
That is my goal…
“Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.” John
Photo today by my Google+ friend Vincent Dale. He has an eye for fruit that nourishes our souls- beauty….