When I read the Daily Post prompt on something we used to believe in, it made me think about the ways I’ve nurtured and discarded certain beliefs over the years. As a child, I believed that goodness was an inherent quality in all humans and that if you were good/nice to others, they would reciprocate. Life/experience has taught me that while man is/can be inherently good, reciprocity is not guaranteed. People have their off days, their struggles, their petty peeves and worries, and the shades we pull up to look at life vary from person to person.
What I have come to learn most is that belief in self is paramount. Love, respect, honor, praise others and wish them well, but we must do same for self, and trust that our actions will empower us and guide our path. I used to think that by believing in a person and their potential, they would rise to meet the expected belief. Some do and some don’t. Why? It has to start with Self; our sense of self worth. My belief in you won’t matter if you don’t care or don’t believe in yourself. I still believe in the potential of the human spirit but, rising to meet our potential begins with us. Our Belief = Our Reality.
“If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” Mahatma Gandhi
Many of us believe that if we have faith in our own actions, the universe will rally to support us. This is true but it doesn’t mean that our lives will be without struggle. Struggles/Challenges test our character, show us who people truly are, and guide our way while teaching us wisdom. So to struggle through situations or life doesn’t mean we are not being supported. On the contrary, it means we are being fired in the oven of life; cleansed and brightened to shine. If we didn’t believe this, many would simply stop trying… What informs your belief?
A life of faith is important to me but that doesn’t negate your right to choose an alternative route. As a child, I was taught that only my religion mattered and others had less value. Deep in my heart I doubted it… If God created all of us in his/her image, how could that be possible? I believe that my life lessons have formed me and taught me to see the value in all faiths; part of those lessons have included profound acts of faith that guided me … but this is my story and while it might not be yours, I respect your right to your beliefs. What do you believe…? More below.
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“The belief that there is only one truth, and that oneself is in possession of it, is the root of all evil in the world” Max Born
We live in a complex world that is both beautiful and brutal. I believe that if all leaders acted in the best interest of the people, the lot of many will improve. Some in positions of power use it to uplift their people and others, while some misuse their authority. All claim to speak TRUTH to power; to know what is best for everyone and yet, by their actions we know their hearts. What is truth? Is there only one version/vision of truth? Recently, I observed that even though many talk about poverty in Africa, some even see the continent as synonymous with the term, the continent has not necessarily cornered the market on poverty. No nation to date has won a Nobel Prize for eliminating poverty anywhere in the world; poverty remains a global problem.
Our world is peopled by many who serve with grace and by many whose actions are not benevolent but malevolent. I still believe we can all make a difference even in the smallest way. I still believe that those with authority should render fair, equitable justice to all. Sadly, this is not always the case. What do you believe? What informs your version of truth?
“I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.” James Joyce
In an increasingly challenging world, hope, faith and our beliefs will continue to guide our actions and help us through the fog. When we perform right/good or bad actions, we set the stage for corresponding results. Those results are not always material, they can manifest on the spiritual and mental level. Perhaps, that is why the sage teachers have always advised us to know ourselves and act with wisdom; for we reap the seeds we sow.
To live without belief is virtually impossible because everything we do is based on a set of beliefs; learned, experienced, internalized, externalized… Some might say, “I don’t believe anything…” Even that statement is, infact, a Belief… What are your thoughts? What do/don’t you believe in? Do share. . Thank You! 🙂
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- What Informs Your Belief? (psychologytoday.com)
- Don’t believe what you believe (zentocoach.wordpress.com)
- The Outer World is a Reflection of the Inner World (gwizlearning.wordpress.com)
- The Mind Matrix (meroveeschild.wordpress.com)