2021, have you thought about doing any new year resolution? On the internet you can find tons of ideas on what to do: applications that help you spend money wisely and make a budget; cook something new every week; read at least a book weekly; drink less alcohol, quit smoking; start climbing the stairs instead of using the lift; do yoga with your partner. These examples touch the body or mind and sometimes even the pocket! We are suggesting something for the soul!
Having the determination to get there!
All of us, at least once, had an occasion where we decided to start doing some exercises, weights at the gym or running or walking. The first week is tough: shortness of breath and muscle pains! But slowly with patience and perseverance, one manages to see some results. Those who go to the gym are admired for how much determination and perseverance invest in training their body. It requires great sacrifices to build a muscular body or lose weight as desired. With heavier and harder exercises, repeating the same movement they achieve better results. But if you want to take fitness seriously you can’t afford to eat ice cream every day. Sweets, alcohol, junk foods are all excluded from the diet. You need a lot of discipline but even breaks are important to regenerate the muscles.
But with determination, perseverance and sacrifices, day after day, month after month, today many aim for a strong and sculpted body, not just for summer days but for various reasons! Whether it is health, narcissism, or a healthy body, the gyms are open twenty-four hours, seven days a week!
Imagine if this sacrifice, this determination and this constancy would occur not only for the visible body but even for the inner life. We are not saying that whoever is beautiful from the outside is not from the inside as well, but that if there would be a balance between them, the world would be a much more beautiful place!
Caring for our body, mind and soul
We are formed by BODY, MIND and SOUL! Three dimensions that we must take care of if we want to succeed! The inner life deserves as much time and attention as we give to our bodies! If we do that, the world would be much more of an earthly paradise filled with genuine people!
Maybe it’s harder to give meaning to life, to know yourself more, your emotions, to grow in relationships with those around you. These are all part of the spiritual and inner life. This is indispensable for a person to be happy in his life and it is essential that together with those we live with, we form a better society. So as we train to have a body like Michelangelo’s David, we must also train to have a soul like that of Jesus Christ.
Getting ready to train the soul
And just like in the body workout, even for the soul, you have to do the exercises with perseverance, sacrifices, determination, discipline. You even need to rest between workouts. There are dedicated exercises even for the soul, such as spiritual reading, silence, meditation, prayer, and sometimes even a personal trainer who can guide you in your training.
St. Paul, who is a great fitness coach for the soul, says: “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore, I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” (1 Cor 9:24-27)
As a conclusion, we could say that it is good to take care of the body but woe to us if we forget the rest. Let’s use the same constancy and attention we give to our body to be beautiful, even to be beautiful on the inside! We are created and called to do this both from the outside and from the inside. If you did not make any new year resolutions yet, don’t worry! You always have the chance to begin everyday.
Peace and Goodness from us
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