I have lost count of the number of diet plans I’ve tried. I used to joke that I gain and lose a human being every year. Maybe you are one of the fortunate people who haven’t tried multiple diets, but if not, you have spent a great deal of time and effort toward exercise, staying healthy in other ways, or some other form of body improvement or maintenance. Think of the time and effort spent on hair, skin, or your finger or toe nails.
I have also through the years spent a great deal of time and effort toward improving my mind. In my case — college, law school, continuing education as a lawyer and risk manager. Each of us has a different story, but we all spend and have spent a great deal of our life improving our mind.
Compare those amounts of time to the time you have spent to expanding and improving your spiritual self. We are not primarily a body that just happens to contain a soul. Instead we are first and foremost a soul that commands a body and thought. So we need to devote a similar amount of time in our life to the expansion and improvement of the soul. Lack of love, continued fault-finding, jealousy, insecurity, all narrow the soul and impede its growth. Love of the truer sort, broad-mindedness, happiness, open-heartedness all expand and nurture the soul.
So when we resolve to shed a few pounds, go to the gym, or develop a new intellectual interest remember to include in your self-improvement plan your soul.