Skin and Soul – How would you define a Soul?

“It was a good business: roads were rough and tyres were punished. In those days, there was the inner tube, and the outer casing of hard rubber. I always saw these as the body and the soul. Don’t ask me why.”

“How exactly does a soul look?” A question I’ve asked myself a lot of times. When imagination runs wild, it seems like a puff of cloud whose presence can only be seen and felt by the gleam in one’s eyes. However, the best definitions of a ‘Soul’, I found in the short story, ‘Tyres’, by Adam Thorpe. Just how beautifully the writer makes the analogy between the skin and soul together and ‘Tyres’.

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”_ Hellen Keller

Thereafter, Hellen Keller goes on to explain how a soul beautifies itself, ‘through experience of trial and suffering’.

How would YOU define a Soul?

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2 thoughts on “Skin and Soul – How would you define a Soul?

  1. I love the analogy at the beginning. As I was reading about character this morning, this blog strikes me as particularly relevant. Sometimes I judge myself in certain situations, when in fact, such trials do lead to the development of character (at least that is how I am looking at it now :))

  2. Thank you Kimberlyharding for sharing šŸ™‚ one has to go through a lot to find themselves- we often tend to judge ourselves too harshly but then the trials, as you say, that make us judge ourselves lead us to building our character!

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