Reading With A Purpose: By Diane Maietta

Reading with a Purpose: Feed Your Soul

Years ago, I read an excerpt from a commencement speech given in 1983 by the

prolific writer and activist, Susan Sontag, to the graduating class of Wellesley

College in Massachusetts. It inspired me greatly as a young, creative woman

passionate about the human condition and the evolution of the soulful powers we

have in our lives.

Ms. Sontag advised these young women to never stop being students throughout

their whole lives—to not allow the power of the brain fall asleep in the easy chair,

letting go of the vitality that made it passionate and ready to make a difference in

the world. She sisterly encouraged her audience to defy the sexual stereotypes

they would be sure to encounter, and to not be deterred by others fighting against

the positive things they wished to create.

And she most eloquently lyricized the graduates to hold fast to the inspiration that

lives in books, music and art.

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But her speech was not just for women…her words of influence are for all of us to

hold for ourselves and for each other. Remember the poem of John Donne:

“No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of

the main;” so believe not just for the Self, but for the All that we are.

It’s a motivation of your spirit. It’s a choice. Whether you are conscious of it or

not, you are always in choice—every moment of the day. And once you see that,

know that and own that it should be your choice to not be beaten down, or told you

can’t, or stuck in a corner, or forgetting what feeds your soul inside the activities of

everyday living.

Choose to read the information that teaches you the creativity of the power of

thought. The mind is such a wild creature of imagination that will serve you when

quieted and mastered such as in meditation. The quality of the thoughts you feed

your head with also fill the quality of your activities during your days, and the

results you get from your actions…choose to feed your soul wisely.

Choose to fill your ears with the music and lyrics that inspire you.

As Henry David Thoreau wrote in 1854 when Walden was published, “If a man

does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different

drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far

away.” Music is medicine for the soul…never stop dancing…choose to feed your

soul wisely.

Photo by Patrick Fore

Photo by Patrick Fore

Choose to fill your eyes with artistic expressions that mirror the wild beauty of the

truth you live with, the truth you live by and the truth upon which you base your

life. Feed your soul with masterpieces of wonderous expressions—learn to inspire

your Self; learn to inspire your choices…and choose to feed your soul wisely.

Feed your Soul positive things, always. No one should ever cease wanting to be a

student of the life that burgeons before them, nor allow the health of their thinking

deteriorate into a mental slum.

I choose the truth of my Soul, and I choose to feed it wisely. It may not always be

the easy road to travel, but it is always so very worth it.

Peace, Love and Om,


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Diane Maietta

Self-described as a free-spirit of courage, love, and compassion, Diane Maietta was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in the neighboring small town of Apollo, PA. She has received a citation from the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives in honor of her poetic voice and is listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who in the East, 24th Edition. You may find her artwork at her website: and her Instagram: