I have tons of screen shots on my phone of interesting, clever, thoughtful, funny, and inspiring posts that come through my social media. A lot of them I send to family and friends to add a smile or laugh to their day; others I keep as future blog ideas.
Last week’s post about Kurt Vonnegut was one of the shots that had been filed away for my blog. It tells of his reply to high school English students who had contacted various authors asking for advice. I usually do my own writing, but his message was so lovely that I couldn’t resist sharing it.
As I took in Mr. Vonnegut’s words, I thought back to my own high school days and realized that the depth of his wisdom would have flown right over my head then, because I was extremely serious as a teen. My senior quote was “Arise, go forth, and conquer!,” but he was advocating for something more like “Sing in the rain, draw silly pictures, and dance a jig!”
It’s taken me decades to realize the importance of his counsel. I hope that the students from that 2006 class have come to realize the gift of his response more quickly than I did. If not, I hope that they have tucked it away to be pulled out again and again, because looking within and growing your soul is the business of life.
Anyway, the post got a lot of attention. People left comments on my blog site, and I even gained several new followers because of it. Read it if you haven’t already, and you’ll see what I mean. https://finding-the-write-words.com/2022/04/17/to-make-your-soul-grow/
Happy soul growing!