Faith & Amazing People

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I hate when you get a hair cut and no matter how much the hairdresser blow dries your neck, and even if you go home and strip down naked and brush yourself completely off with a towel… it always feels like you are wearing a turtleneck made of human hair.

This post is not about hair cuts, or wearing clothing made of human hair.  It is a brief thought on faith.  My thoughts on faith.  If this essay were about Catholic faith and takled about the saints, most specifically St. Francis of Assisi then yes, we could talk about turtlenecks of human hair.   St. Francis had a thing for wearing garments made of human hair.  That was his way of saying “I love you” to God. 

I am nervous to write about faith since I have spent my whole life doubting God exists.  I grew up secular, not a hint of religion in our family.  On top of that – my grandfather – the most influential person in my life, was a scientist.  He had a very pragmatic view of the world, in his mind if it could not be proven scientifically, it did not exist.

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Like every other person on earth, excluding some monks living on a mountain in Bhutan.  Check that – all the people living in Bhutan.  The rest of us fear death. Which is totally ok.  It’s scary to think about not existing.  Apparently religion helps you live with that fear.   Believing that a) God will take care of you or b) God has created this awesome after life place for you to go to, where you get to meet all your deceased family and friends.  And you can eat all the pasta you want and not get fat.  (I stole that from Albert Brooks).

I have no idea why I am here, or where I am going.  Like my grandfather, I have not been able to grasp the concept of a singular God.  Maybe religion is not for all of us.  For me, faith feels bigger than a singular God.  Faith, spirituality seem different, and less likely to get people to start a war.

My faith is people.  Faith in the fact that no matter who you pray to or even if you do pray, that there are some amazing, giving, loving, caring, compassionate people in the world.  There doesn’t seem to be one religion that owns all the awesome people.  

bandonsunsetThese amazing people run into burning buildings, jump into rivers to save kittens, or simply smile and acknowledge a homeless person. Maybe for all these people this is their way to say “I love you” to God.   I don’t know.  Do you know?  

 

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4 thoughts on “Faith & Amazing People”

  1. This is a nice and thought-producing post. I think, since death is inevitable, all we can control is enjoying life, living a healthy one, preparing for those who depend on us when we depart, and being kind to those around us. The rest we just have to let go.

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    1. Keng, I agree. Growing into midlife or my 50’s – I have learned to let go of alot and just love the people I care about and try to help people. I am not saving lives but I try to do a little each day to give back. And in the end I receive so much joy. I have been enjoying your travels!

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  2. A lot of people who try to lead lives of generosity and kindness, and who make things here on earth better for everyone, also try to lead lives of spiritual richness. I do not believe that living your life in a positive way, requires us to adhere to a particular religious or philosophical dogma – but religion and philosophy are certainly rewarding to explore and study. I have a lot of time for people who ask questions and like to think, and not so much time, for dogmatists.

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  3. I love this thought… “My faith is people. Faith in the fact that no matter who you pray to or even if you do pray, that there are some amazing, giving, loving, caring, compassionate people in the world.” Too often, I fear, people look at all the things that are wrong in the world… and perhaps some of this overly critical, fear-based attitude comes from our morbid fascination with the news cycle. Bad news sells media, and the more sensationalized, the better. But there is such good in the world, and in its people.

    We can go a long way toward bringing this out in others, leading by example: doing very easy, little things… making eye contact with strangers, smiling, saying hello, holding open doors, saying thank-you (to bus drivers, store clerks, friends & family) and keeping our heads up and out of our devices. Taking life in, being aware & connecting. (There’s my soap box rant.)

    Perhaps it comes down to the notion of resiliency… that trait that helps people avoid depression. Even when bad things happen, there are those who can do good and be good in the world. Most people, I believe.

    If I could wish for one thing… one gift to give others… it would be a dose of resiliency.

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