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The Rudiments of Faith

November 27, 2013

“Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible.”
– Mary McLeod Bethune

Do you struggle with finding meaning in your life and in the world during these turbulent times?  Do you sometimes feel hopeless and like you just can’t seem to get where you want to get in your life despite your best efforts? Sometimes when our faith is waning, it can be difficult to feel happy and motivated but you can practice some simple but profound faith building skills to help you develop the fundamental core inside of you that all is well no matter what your external conditions.

Whether or not you realize it you have faith bigger than you know!  Don’t believe me?  Did you have faith that gravity would hold you and your surroundings to the ground this morning when you got up? Did you have faith that the sun would rise today?  Have you ever gotten on an airplane expecting that it would in fact reach its destination?  Do you have plans for today, tomorrow and next week? How do you know you’ll even be around?  This is faith!   Having faith means that you have a strong unshakeable belief  in something, or confidence in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing.  Here are some great tips for developing your faith in a more conscious meaningful way:

  • Make the choice to “have” faith and focus on what can be done rather than what can’t.  When we begin focusing intentionally on solutions rather than problems, we are no longer victims at the mercy of obstacles that show up in our way.  We develop tenacity, perseverance, and emotional strength as a result. We also develop the “knowing” that no matter what comes down the pike, all will be well.  This is true peace of mind and leaves no room for fear!
  • Feed your faith by spending your time with like-minded people.  Share time with other positive people who are proactive,  and supportive of your success and well-being.  Let them lift you up and surely you will lift them up as well.
  • Practice gratitude every day.  Take time to identify and appreciate how great you already have it, the amazing people you are surrounded by, and the opportunities that you have been given.  Celebrate and be thankful for your health, your loved ones, your abilities and your many talents.
  • Be a beacon of hope for others by sharing your faith, your joy, and yourself with others, especially when you are struggling with faith.  When you give away what you have on the inside by serving others you will find the sun shining on you brighter than ever!
  • Pray and meditate.  This is the glue that connects you with the life energy that animates us all.  You don’t have to believe it, feel it, or even understand it.  When you are committed to developing a relationship with whatever it is inside of you that is alive, you will find a faith beyond your wildest dreams! This faith will sustain you, motivate you, and support you in all you do and you will indeed find what you have been seeking all along.  Happy New Year all……….the best is surely yet to come and don’t forget……Optimists Rock!

“Keep your faith in all beautiful things; in the sun when it is hidden, in the Spring when it is gone.”
– Roy R. Gilson

Copyright  2013  Robin B. O’Grady

http://www.optimists edge.com

robinogrady@wavecable.com

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