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Hunger comes in different forms, but when you are hungry, you want something of substance to bite into. Our stomachs rumble when we need food. Our minds swirl when we want knowledge. Our bodies twitch when we need exercise. But my question is: Are you hungry enough?

If you make a big batch of soup, too much to eat alone, but refuse to share with the neighbor down the road who is going through financial problems, you just aren’t hungry enough.

If you prefer to watch some mind-numbing program on television instead of picking up a book, you just aren’t hungry enough.

If you are too busy to volunteer at least once a year with a soup kitchen, crisis center, or children’s hospital, then you aren’t hungry enough.

If you look down your nose at the farmer tending his garden, and head to the grocery store to buy your food, then you aren’t hungry enough.

If you jump on a bandwagon without taking the time to research both sides of the story, then you aren’t hungry enough.

If you prefer spending time at work rather than spending time with your spouse and children, then you aren’t hungry enough.

If you aren’t willing to study hard to get that degree, then you aren’t hungry enough.

If you aren’t willing to take the extra effort to reach your goal, then you aren’t hungry enough.

If you easily give in the first time you fail at something, then you aren’t hungry enough.

If you are stuck in a rut, but don’t want to use the energy to learn something new, then you just aren’t hungry enough.

If you are starved for conversation or a healthy relationship, whether it’s a friend or significant other, and you aren’t willing to go to church, take a class in a subject you are interested in, or join a group that celebrates something you enjoy doing, then you just aren’t hungry enough.

True hunger means going the extra mile, regardless of how rocky the road may be.  True hunger means being willing to give all it takes to accomplish your goals. True hunger means understanding what it feels like to be lonely, empty, hurting, sad, and in physical pain, and then turning around and holding a person’s hand who is going through the same time. True hunger means going the extra mile to read, research and fully understand what both sides of an issue stand for, and choosing wisely on which side you stand. True hunger means that you give up some of what is important to you to that you spend time with someone to whom you are important. True hunger means taking the initiative to pull yourself up out of that rut and visit a library, attend a conference or finding a mentor to teach you something new and different. Learn to square or line dance. Take a Community Education class at your local college. Or become a volunteer. Use the skills you have to help others, and before you know it, you won’t be hungry any longer, but will find that you are feeding the hungry.

If more of us were ‘hungry enough’, this world just might end up being a better place.