A couple of things really. I haven’t been blogging a whole lot lately, but I’ve been kind’a busy. Yada, yada. I leave for NYC on Thursday (very very early) and will be gone for more-or-less the whole weekend.
While I was in Anaheim, I was listening to the new Depeche Mode album. Their first song, Damaged People, is a really good, catchy song. I like it a lot (better than the rest of the album, except for Precious). However, as the song goes on, it becomes WAY familiar — it’s totally I Don’t Know How To Love Him from Jesus Christ Superstar. Seriously, you can like sing along with it. It even made me want to hear Depeche Mode sing the full version of the song. (How crazy would that be, Mr. Personal Jesus.) Actually, I wouldn’t mind hearing Depeche Mode doing the full production of JCS. LOL!
Anyway, I spent a lot of my weekend doing homework and working with my new web hosting company to setup our reseller stuff. It was a lot of work, people. So I spent the rest of the afternoon that day watching 6 Feet Under (3 episodes, Season 2, 3rd Disc).
One of the episodes was about a Jewish funeral, and Nate and the Rabbi started discussing “soul mates.” Here’s what was said (by the Rabbi):

A soul mate is the person that makes you be the most you you can possibly be. … Perhaps the person who forces your soul to grow the most — and not all growth feels good.

That of course, made me think about how people influence me, what sort of effect I let people have on me — and it made me realize that — if what she says is true — we can pick who our soul mates are, simply by choosing the amount of influence they have on us. And it’s even more likely that we have multiple “soul mates” out there.
There are two people that I can quickly name off who I feel have had a significant impact on the growth of my “soul.” (I keep quoting that because I think it’s a quirky word. It was my understanding that the “soul” is comprised of two things: a spirit and a body. — but that goes back to my religious days. I think maybe James E. Talmage or C.S. Lewis said that.)
So how often do you think you allow your “soul” to be grown by another person? Have you ever been in a relatioship where you feel that has happened? Surely spending enough time with someone will result in some sort of growth (or shrinkage, perhaps). Right? Is there an easy way to measure soul growth? Is too much growth a bad thing?
Interesting topic. And yes, I actually wrote down that quote from the Rabbi because it made me think … at least think enough that I blogged it.