We put our faith in many things. God/ the Divine is the obvious, but to a certain degree, also in other people, organizations/institutions, the government, processes … and so on. Faith that is based in earthly things can be disappointing. Faith in God/Divinity is uplifting and sustaining of one’s soul. Many times, life will not go according to plan or as we hoped, and that is when faith determines much of the outcome. When presented with vicissitudes or when our belief system is crumbling for any reason, we have the choice of acting in faith, awaiting in faith, or letting go. I find that this is always the case. We either keep believing that there is someone on the other side of our faith watching and listening, or we let go of whatever we hope the outcome to the situation we are faced with might be. Whether it might be letting go of a dream, a person, an idea, a quest, or even our better selves.
In my last book, The Five-dollar Miracle, this is one of the themes weaved throughout the story. I believe that when in doubt, stick with your faith.
If you are human, you have a set of beliefs. Those beliefs form as you grow up and are highly influenced by culture, family, country … and many other things. In a way, you identify with those beliefs, in a way, they are you, part of you. I know people who are so set in their beliefs that refuse to explore beyond their horizon or entertain another point of view. These people may fear that by opening their mind to receive information that may or may not contradict their belief system, they might cheat on that same system or worst, lose themselves – I pity them. Why? Because opening your mind to try to understand something and exploring information does not in any way diminish what you think, or believe; on the contrary, if you truly respect your beliefs, there is no need to fear new information. What would have happened if all the explorers and scientists of the past had not stepped one foot pass their comfort zone (beliefs) and try to expand what they already knew or believed? You answer that question, since the answer is obvious.
I used to write for a site and the community there seemed very friendly and loved commenting on each other’s work. There was only one thing that drove me nuts, especially when I wrote a piece of poetry. I write about many things, true or fictional, and many times, I love to imagine things poetically. What drove me nuts? That most times, people thought that the piece of poetry was directly related to me, as in true life. I was too lazy to explain that it was just a piece of writing, many times fictional.
Don’t believe everything you read or are told; expand your horizon, move one step over the flat ocean’s edge and refresh your mind and spirit. Think for yourself, believe what you must but after you consider the opposite point of view, there is no harm in that; who knows, it may even strengthen your beliefs. As a writer, you owe it to yourself, and your readers … believe and expand your horizon.