Day 4 = My Views on Religion
I try to keep things light around here, and religion is a personal topic. But looking down that list above at the future topics to come, maybe this won’t be the most personal. Or maybe it is.
I don’t want to talk about religion because I don’t think that’s what my blog is here for. So instead of talking about RELIGION, I’ll discuss my FAITH.
I have to admit, I’m not 100% sure exactly what or if I believe in anything really. I never really thought to define my beliefs, but if I had to choose, the closest thing would probably be agnostic? I may not have a religion, but I do have faith. Lots of it. And in my opinion, that’s all that matters. You can have faith in god, a higher being, karma or yourself. Just have faith in something. You need something to motivate you through life, instill compassion and provide moral and ethical boundaries. Our world needs faith, otherwise we’d all be pessimistic narcissists. Wow, where did THAT come from?
I really do believe in Karma. That whole “Treat people as you want to be treated” isn’t called the Golden Rule for nothing. If you do good things, good things will happen to you. Life usually deals some good even with the bad, and it’s up to us to seek out those gifts.
When I was 16, I got cancer. For a brief moment, I did question why God would do that to me. But then I realized, it wasn’t about what God maybe did or didn’t do. I had a teacher tell me that ‘everything happens for a reason, even if we don’t know what that reason is yet’. I will never know why I got cancer, but I’m thankful for having had it. It taught me to dream big and to have the courage to follow those dreams. I had faith that things would work out the way they were meant to.
I do think I sometimes confuse faith with optimism. But really, aren’t they two of the same? Maybe that’s it. There you go. I believe in optimism. The world could probably stand to have a little more of that, don’t you think? More compassion, more patience, more positive energy?
And at the end of the day, at the core of it, isn’t optimism the foundation of any religion anyways?