Soul Food

Melody Lipford, Columnist • mrlipford15@ehc.edu

Finally, after a bitter and cold January, we have elapsed into a new month. Still cold and snow-filled, this month is still promising for creating a greater self-awareness and a new start for accomplishing whatever goals or tasks we might have. Finally, after a bitter and cold January, we have elapsed into a new month. Still cold and snow-filled, this month is still promising for creating a greater self-awareness and a new start for accomplishing whatever goals or tasks we might have.

Despite the twenty-eight day cap, we are still given plenty of time to incorporate some type of change for the better. While this is personal for everyone, the common goal among most are finding ways to benefit yourself as an individual whether that be academic, social, professional, or financial.

These goals are all admirable, however, do not forget to take time to be still, apart from the world, the hustle and bustle, the noise of it all. Sometimes, in silence we are most productive. By taking time to be still, we are recharging, refueling the energy that we need to go out and tackle the day ahead of us or to rest from the day we’ve completed.

Sometimes, being still is necessary to separate the opinions of others and to figure out what is important to us as an individual. Or to notice negative thoughts we might be having and trying to instead counteract them with positive ones.

Sometimes, being still is taking the time to be grateful and to realize the privileges we truly have. For instance, to even be receiving a college education in the first place, being surrounded with opportunities for growth whether academically or professionally, having a roof over our heads, and so many other things we daily take for granted.

Overall, being still can put things into perspective. Being still can help us to realize how truly blessed we are, how grateful we should be, and even though not everything is perfect, not everything is bad. Being still can help us be more appreciative of our friends or loved ones who fill the silence and to help us further enjoy the silent time when we can fit into our schedules. In general, taking time to be still can be food for the soul.

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