The freshness of the spiritual fruit keeps us from spoiling. To help us comprehend the message of this essay let’s consider the process of the growth of bacteria that spoils our foods. When various foods are set aside for a few hours they may become dry and stale or even moist and spoiled. When the moisture and freshness are taken from the foods then the nutrients are no longer present. Consumption of that food has no nutritional benefit and will even cause various sicknesses as the harmful bacteria finds a breeding place within the body. As that food sets in our body for a period of time, a perfect environment exists for the breeding of bacteria and will cause illness. Our bodies are warm, moist, dark, acidity, oxygen rich, and often contains lots of residual food particles. Those residual food particles over extend our intestines from over eating, poor metabolism, lack of exercise, and impeded elimination. FAT TOM is an acronym for explaining the environment under which harmful bacteria grows. And if you envision an image of Jabba the Hutt then you have an image of an environment conducive to food born bacteria. FAT TOM stands for Food, Acidity, Time, Temperature, Oxygen, and Moisture. In a spiritual sense we can avoid the spoiling of our inner being by allowing our inner fruitfulness to keep us fresh. We do that by not allowing ourselves to accumulate loads of unfruitful attitudes when we feel “set aside” or “placed on the shelf.” That build up of unfruitfulness makes us look like Jabba the Hutt from our inward life. In that light, we want to keep our metabolism in motion with spiritual fruitfulness to keep us fresh from day to day, even when the world around makes us feel unwanted.
The Divinity of the soul is the source of the freshness of our inner life. Can you imagine having a very special wedding cake set aside for that special day, but when you go to pick it up on the day of the wedding it’s dry, spoiled, and otherwise unedible? That would be very disappointing. Also, imagine having someone very special to you set aside in such a way that you are never able to visit, communicate, or otherwise have access to them. As time goes on, that very special person becomes “spoiled” with unfruitful attitudes and when you do finally see the person the experience is very distasteful and undesirable. Likewise, when the divinity of the soul is set aside we become spoiled within our inner life. That’s because the divinity of the soul is essential to keep our soul fresh. Therefore, setting aside divine goodness makes us stale inwardly which is apparent from being barren of spiritual fruitfulness. That stale and barren soul becomes spoiled with inner conflict to cause a chaotic or unsettling environment. As the “bacteria” continues to rot away the goodness that lives in us we begin to disrespect the life of others and have no regard to the sanctity of living. In essence, the light of our divine worth begins to be eaten away by the deteriorating rot which induces disrespect of self and others resulting in destructive inclinations. The positive energy of a fresh and nutrient full inner life becomes infested with the negative energy of a spoiled soul. In contrast, a fresh and nutrient rich inner life comes by reverence for the divine goodness of our soul. In that freshness our inward being is full of spiritual fruitfulness with vibrant nutrients of tranquility. In that fresh serenity is respect for the qualities that bring life as we desire life and goodwill for others. We do not set aside the divine presence but desire for everyone to see the light of the divinity of the soul. In that event, we become full of the nutrients necessary to keep an optimistic spirit alive in our self-expression.
The moisture of the spiritual fruit seals in the freshness of our inner life. Everything fresh, alive, civil, and socially constructive is found within the moisture of the spiritual fruit. Some people relate to the fruit of the spirit in the same way bacteria relates to warm and moist places, which is by invading the area in such a way as to cause spoiling. In essence, “bacteria” will infest the fruitfulness of inner life in ways that attempt to cause staleness, corruption, or rotting of the soft tenderness within the human spirit. When we feel set aside, placed on the shelf, or otherwise impeded from living a life through the blossoms of spiritual fruitfulness we might also experience circumstances that attempt to spoil our divine qualities. That is the beginning stages of the spoiling of inner life. We begin to feel put-off by the surrounding environment and unfruitful sentiments begin to manifest. We become infested with various degrees of hate, cruel intentions, hostile confrontations, aggression, harsh attitudes, pessimism, spats of evilness, despair, being out of control with “peers,” being impatient with rude and arrogant behaviors, and feeling spots of fatal attitudes. However, even in those worst circumstance when we feel put-off by the surrounding and corruptible environment the spiritual fruit is able to keep us fresh. By responding from the soft tenderness of our soul we preserve our inner life. That preservation comes to us through the fruti of patience, self-control, perseverance, goodness, faith, joy, meekness, gentleness, peace, kindness, goodwill, and love. The freshness of the spiritual fruit keeps us from spoiling.
The freshness of the spiritual fruit keeps our health from spoiling. Physically, fresh nutrients feed the glandular system to replenish needs for the functioning of essential areas of our body. With spoiled or stale foods the body is left desolate of needed resources to function from day to day. Spiritually, when we are set aside into unhealthy circumstances the fruitfulness of our inner life will keep us from spoiling. Many people are set aside into living arrangements where the choice of foods they eat is not a matter of choice. In fact, some of those people may not have any notion about what nutrition is or what are the nutritional requirements of the body. For example, most of us know that we need vegetables, grains, fruits, meats nuts or dairy, good oils and water. But few of us realize it’s possible to cook all the nutrition out of food, or otherwise destroy the nutritional value of what should be a healthy meal. We will eat what is placed before us thinking we are acquiring plenty of nutrition but actually the body is still starving for food for our tissues. What we need should comprise vibrant vitamins which are necessary for our body to function and we need minerals to put form to those functions. In addition, we need proteins to rebuild the tissues and carbohydrates to give us energy. And of course we all know we need to drink plenty of water and have polyunsaturated and monounsaturated oils. But when food is spoiled or stale the nutritional value of the food plummets. In this light, we might find ourselves or know others who are in a situation where the nutritional needs of the body are neglected in various ways. Either by the destruction of nutrition in what appears to be a healthy meal, or by serving foods that are left out in room temperature for too long. When this happens, the freshness of the spiritual fruit is able to keep our inner life from spoiling. While we could develop sour attitudes because of the “slop” fed to us, we need to depend on the fruit of patience, self-control, and perseverance to keep our inner fruitfulness fresh. The fruit of self-control helps us not to become spoiled with angry hostility when we are set aside into an environment of unhealthy nutritional practices. In addition, blossoming with patience enables us to hold our peace when time and time again we are fed foods we know are of no value to our physical well-being. Moreover, the spirit of perseverance grants us the ability to continue in goodness when the ill-intent of foods served induces fatal emotions.
The freshness of the spiritual fruit keeps a safe and secure environment from spoiling. Relating to our nervous system, fresh nutrients provide substance to stabilize our mind and nerves to reinforce our inward stability. In contrast, spoiled or stale foods contributes to the body’s instability due to a lack of proper nutrition. In a spiritual sense, when we are set aside into a tumultuous environment the spiritual fruit will keep us from spoiling. But, who would want to envision being a wall flower while the surrounding peers throw darts at you? That is not very “nutritious” feed for a “flower” to endure. Even so, people who are idle relating to the social environment often are exposed to various situations that could spoil the fruitfulness of their inner life. What they see is constantly full of violence or other conflict of potential bodily harm, even if just on television, or they see spats between peers, or other suggestions of turmoil. In conjunction with that, as they sit on the shelf they hear noises that are loud, abrupt, argumentative, and other hostile sounding noises. Even what they taste when they eat, or what they smell when they should be smelling “roses,” makes them cringe with residual spoilage of anger beginning to manifest. In essence, as a “wall flower” the hostile suggestions of the surrounding environment could make them begin to fear for their own bodily welfare. That includes beginning to fear domestic violence among those in the home while being helpless themselves, and living in a state of insecurity from an unsafe environment. The spoilage of the fruitfulness of inner life could manifest with harsh attitudes in an effort to protect themselves. Or there could be aggression towards people suspected of perpetrating harm on others, or even habitual conflict from the “bacteria” of turmoil churning within. In essence, when set aside into an intimidating environment we could become spoiled with attitudes that contributes to chaos. However, the freshness of the spiritual fruit keeps our inner life from spoiling to sustain us during unsettling circumstances. Whatever nasty stuff we hear, see, taste, smell, or sense, the fruit of peace, meekness, and gentleness gives us a serene tranquility to help us contribute to a safe and secure environment. The divinely fresh qualities of the spiritual fruit are able to transcend the spoiling horrors we might sense as a “helpless” wall “flower.”
OUR PLACE OF BELONGING
The freshness of the spiritual fruit keeps our place of belonging from spoiling. Relating to the body’s hydration, fresh nutrients add to the pools of hormones, blood supply, and other essential fluids to feed every cell of the body. However, spoiled or stale foods starve the body by inhibiting the acquisition of nutrients and prohibiting the flow of cellular food. Similarly, when we are set aside into an undesirable social network the flow of spiritual fruit will keep us from spoiling. Our situation would be very undesirable to be set aside from all the pleasant attributes of a warm and compassionate society. In fact, exclusion from a friendly and loving environment would contribute to the spoiling of our inner life. That’s because being set on a shelf relating to our place of belonging would transpire by the unfruitful attitudes of those establishing that wall. The process of spoiling us or making us stale socially comes about when hatred, exclusion, intolerance, and sexual abuses are hurled upon the freshness of our soft and tender social qualities. The manifestation of that “bacteria” filled inner life comes when anti-social attitudes begins to grow towards a civil population of people. We become spoiled with unfruitful attitudes that keep us from mingling with the fruitfully civil people of the community. However, the freshness of the spiritual fruit keeps us from spoiling the social attitudes that exist in the soul. Even though it appears we have no place of belonging within a wholesome group of people, we do have a place of belonging within the divinity of the soul where the spiritual fruit blossom. That is the source of a cohesive society and is the source that keeps us fresh with socially desirable attributes. The fruit of the spirit keeps us vibrant with tolerance for others, hospitality for the goodness in one another, brings us together with wholesome intimacy, and forms the true bonds of social belonging. The freshness of the fruit of love, kindness, and goodwill keeps us from spoiling relating to civilly cohesive qualities.
The freshness of the spiritual fruit keeps the light of our divine worth from spoiling. The value of fresh nutrients adds to our welfare by reinforcing the immune system. When we care about ourselves we would want to acquire those nutrients to keep us healthy. In contrast, consuming spoiled or stale foods has no worth towards our well being and will even hinder the body’s immunization process by deprivation of nutrition. In a spiritual sense, when we are set aside into darkness which hides our divine worth the spiritual fruit will keep us from spoiling. Poverty stricken neighborhoods is an example of people being set aside where their worth as members of humanity seems to be ignored. It’s as if they are left to become stale, to spoil, and deteriorate as people. The neighborhoods in which they live could easily fill them with the “bacteria” of a low sense of worth because there seems to be no fresh fruitfulness developing from those areas. There are places like this worldwide. The consequences of the humiliating and impoverished zones include interpersonal conflict of various types and even violence. In those degrading environments there is a loss of esteem for the sanctity of life as murders and other disrespectful behaviors towards life manifests. In essence, they live in darkness as their esteem spoils being unaware of their divine worth through the deity living in the soul. Negative energy spoils their neighborhoods with pessimism, despair, and sadness. In contrast, the freshness of the spiritual fruit within our egos will keep us from spoiling, even in the most dire circumstances. Even though the material world around us lives in the rot of decay we can feel a freshness within our sense of worth through the fruitfulness of our inner life. In that fruitfulness we experience an inner tranquility with who we are which enables us to live peacefully with one another. We are able to house an attitude that preserves life as we bring mutual respect to those around us to persevere in the esteem of the sanctity of life. We become fresh in the awareness of our divine worth and the divine worth of our neighbors. In that freshness flows the positive energy of optimism to build the esteem of those who feel set aside like a baggage of garbage. In reality, the freshness of the spiritual fruit in our ego keeps us from spoiling even when the surrounding environment is in decay.
The freshness of the spiritual fruit keeps the expression of our identity from spoiling. Relating to the metabolism of the body, fresh nutrients radiate in us by generating the energy of our motion. But spoiled or stale foods rob the body of energy while keeping the heart working overtime in an effort to pump food to the body on a cellular level. Even so, when the expression of our identity has been slowed and set aside the spiritual fruit will continue to generate to keep us from spoiling. A fun experience is to see a musical ice-cream truck coming through to liven-up a neighborhood by offering fresh ice-cream treats to everyone. This is an exciting way to experience the self-expression of someone’s identity. In contrast, the experience is spoiled when the motor is incapacitated, the truck parks in a junk yard to rust, and the ice-cream becomes ladened with bacteria. It causes some sadness and despair. In a similar way, when someone has a radiantly optimistic self-expression of their identity then the freshness of that energy preserves others in the area. That happens because the mobility within their self-expression flows with edification when they open their mouth, and their behavior is positively energized for fruitful deeds. The freshness of that optimistic spirit comes inwardly by the fruit of goodness, joy, and faith even when we feel we are rusting in a junk yard. There are people who have been put aside and set on the shelf to inhibit the constructive expression of their identity. They are not able to communicate the spirit of goodness in what they say or do. Instead, they could become spoiled with various degrees of evilness in their self-expression towards their oppressors. In addition, they feel prohibited from conveying their inner joyfulness and from that suppression of happiness the spoilage of pessimism begins to manifest. Moreover, when the time comes to talk about faith in goodness there might be some form of prohibition which sets aside that fruitful form of communication. That makes it very easy for the fruitfulness of inner life to spoil with despair for what is in store for our life. Even so, the freshness of the spiritual fruit keeps the positive expression of our identity from spoiling.
There are causative proponents that attempt to spoil the freshness of our inner fruitfulness. They deny any existence of the divinity of the soul while simultaneously acting to induce the growth of “bacteria” into the blossoms of the spiritual fruit. When the fresh fruit of peace, serenity, and tranquility exist in the human spirit they introduce debate, hostility, anger, and other friction. They want to infect the feelings of safety and security. Within that instability they begin to offer conversation as a way of bargaining. That serves to perpetuate the spoiling of your spiritual fruitfulness in exchange for establishing their “fresh” authority. As their interactions with you continue they attempt to further degenerate and spoil the joy, optimism, and positive energy that flows through the freshness of divine qualities. They want to infect the fruitful self-expression of your identity. Even so, acceptance of the divine goodness of the soul is the only way to keep our inner life fresh with a fruitful inner life.
Reservoirs of people exist who purpose to spoil the freshness of the spiritual fruit. The attitudes exiting those reservoirs are “bacteria” filled words to infect the soft tenderness of inner life. With that, their behaviors act to perform deeds to further cause destruction to divine fruitfulness and to perpetuate the spoiling of the goodness of the soul. Those attitudes transfer directly through people who need to establish “fresh” authority or control over those suffering spoilage from within. Indirectly, those attitudes transfer through people whose inner fruit has become spoiled and they encroach upon others’ fresh spiritual blossoms.
Allowing “bacteria” filled attitudes enter us because we want to feel vibrant in our sense of worth and to feel acceptance from “nutritious” peers. In other words, we are willing to let the spirit of love, peace, joy, and faith to spoil within us in exchange for receiving the artificial “preservatives” of praise and esteem from ill-intended “overseers.” In addition, we begin to form bonds with the surrounding “spoilage,” or peers, to receive some satisfaction of social belonging. The people susceptible to accepting the spoilage of the spiritual fruit are set aside within their community or social network and are exposed to “bacteria” filled words and behaviors. They become so overwhelmed with corruptible behaviors that the spirit of kindness, meekness, joy, and perseverance wilts within their soul.
We can interrupt the cycle that causes the freshness of the spiritual fruit to spoil. We do that by living from the soft moistness of our inner life when we feel “set aside” or “placed on the shelf” amidst a given set of peers. We become spoiled when we allow unfruitful attitudes to grow in us during times when people seem to ignore us or otherwise exclude us from fruitful interaction. The preservation of our freshness comes about when we continue to welcome the attitude of peace, love, faith, and perseverance in goodness to permeate our spirit. The freshness of the spiritual fruit keeps us from spoiling.
We can assess that the freshness of the spiritual fruit keeps us from spoiling. The diagnosis is that some people want to set us aside until spoiling of fruitful and civil qualities begin to manifest. Even so, we plan to welcome the freshness of fruitful qualities to blossom from our inner life. We implement that plan by responding to undesirable surroundings, circumstances, and peers from the soft and moist tenderness of our soul. The successful implementation of that plan is evident as kindness, peace, goodness, and perseverance in divine qualities continue to exist from our inner life.