Keep the Faith, Baby

July 14, 2010

Do you remember that catch phrase? It was very popular during another tumultuous time in our history. I think it’s just as relevant today. Faith is defined as “a confident belief in the truth, value or trustworthiness of a person, idea or thing.” One area that I am working on is faith in myself. We spend so much time focused outwardly, looking for ideas, causes, movements to believe in. We get excited and involved; then, over time, so often disenchantment sets in, and we look for the next one. I don’t think we spend enough time looking inside ourselves, learning to discover what we truly want and need, and developing trust in our own value and worthiness. We don’t cultivate faith in our dreams. We put ourselves down so often, in the guise of modesty, that we have come to believe that we aren’t worthy. How often have you heard someone say, “This old thing?” or “It was nothing. Anyone could have done it.” or other self-denigrating phrases in return for a compliment? There is a difference between arrogance or conceit, and recognizing our own value. We need to develop faith (trust and belief) in ourselves and our dreams. Once we have that, then I think we’ll be able to look outside of ourselves with confidence, and find that cause that we can truly embrace with full faith and confidence that lasts. 

 “Believe in yourself!  Have faith in your abilities!  Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy.” – – Norman Vincent Peale

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