A Man with Soul: Andy Nottestad
Tell us about a deep soul connection that you’ve experienced. Just recently I met a woman who I felt a deep bond with, we connected at the emotional/spiritual level. It turns out our lives were not meant to intertwine for that long, but she will always have a place in my heart and be my friend. I do not feel the connection to her like I did, but when we were together it was magical. I keep that in my mind for the next lady that will land in my life. . .
Tell us about when you feel your most soulful. I feel the most soulful when I’m doing the things that help me be me: my interests, my hobbies, my friends who understand me. I myself am in a continual flux—but my values and beliefs define me. I feel the most soulful reading, writing poetry, having good (intellectual, fun) conversations, and living in a place that coincides with those values.
Where in the world have you felt the most in touch with your own soul? On the river. I am lucky enough to have grown up in Salmon, Idaho. So I have been down the Middle Fork of the Salmon. Veil Falls on the Middle Fork is the closest place I have come to heaven. No words can accurately describe it.
Describe one of the most soulful people you’ve ever known. One of the most soulful people I have ever met is my family friend (and “second mother”) Ann Marie. She is always giving and giving and thinks not of herself. Yet, she is not religious and can’t stand those who try to sell it. She is an inspiration to us all.
What qualities do you feel a soulful relationship has? A soulful relationship has the understanding that two people are meant to have a friendship-bond, a metaphysical-bond and most importantly a respect for personal space. To be together, people must be apart. In a relationship, it’s the bond that ties, but the respect that allows people to be apart for the bond to work. Read Shel Silverstein’s The Missing Piece to understand what I mean.
What do you feel your soul’s purpose is? I’m trying to figure out my soul’s purpose. I really want to help the world, but to help the world I have to make myself happy and to make myself happy I must find something that I like to do that meshes with my skills and abilities. These are not mutually exclusive—I just have to find the missing piece! It is happening. I believe in the movie/book The Secret, so I know what I’m looking for and I know what I need to make it happen: I need an attitude of gratitude and the will to know that it will happen! I call that faith (belief without knowledge). I believe I deserve it. I am empowered, I am strong. I also have faith in myself. . .