Closing Off One Year – Believing in Another

Believing

Believing

Hardship

Hardship (Photo credit: StormKatt)

Well these last few weeks have been filled with challenges for many people I know, including us. This is a wonderful time of year and makes me aware of all our blessings. Sometimes you just have to let life happen and deal the best we can. I have a dear dear friend who believes in dealing with the hand we are dealt and she is one of the most positive people I know.

Regardless of What or Who you believe in, I think Belief is necessary. It is strengthening.  Now anyone who is reading this and is anti-Christian, or Atheist, or agnostic, don’t get your girdles in a knot.  Belief is a very personal matter for each of us; God, Jesus, Creator, Universe, Oneself.  The important thing is that we believe.

Our beliefs give us Hope and Hope is the Life Saver, that allows us to not only survive but to do it well.  Sometimes you just have to hang on to the side of the dingy while it tosses us around on stormy seas.stormy seas

No one gets through life free of strife.  Sometimes we can have a mind set that gets things flowing in a positive peaceful way but most times its just getting through the difficulties.  That’s where faith and hope and belief come in.  Faith in yourself, your own strength.  Faith in a Creator.

Hardship is owned by each of us.  We may go through years of relative calm and then, oops here comes Life.  Belief is our Strength and while I cannot change the path many of us are on I can certainly be there to provide support which doesn’t necessarily ease the pain, but sometimes it eases the mind and/or soul.

There will be better days.  Maybe just not for awhile.  No one can set a time limit on trials and tribulations.  Back in May of ’80 we started with the death of my grandfather.  Thereafter at least every six months for a period of six years we lost many family and friends and most of them too young, way too young.  In that time there were good things, good times, but the shadow remained for a long time.

Since August we have had five deaths of friends and family, we have had lots of illness and upset.  We shall survive and we will do it with good cheer and a healthy dose of gratitude for what we do have and did have.

Life for me remains good and if we did not have pain, how would we recognize that good?  I am not sure how I feel about that last sentence as I am pretty sure I could recognize the good without pain and suffering to contrast it, however I am trying to remain very sporting of this Thing called Life.

 

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Darlene
    Dec 29, 2012 @ 15:19:11

    Well said! I tend to be a fairly optinistic person but get caught off guard sometimes when difficult times happen. Belief and hope are essential to survival. I wish you a pleasant and peaceful 2013. Thanks for your friendship in blogspace. XO

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  2. georgettesullins
    Dec 29, 2012 @ 07:40:09

    Faith is a journey. I believed much less when I was younger, but as the years go by, I wonder how could I have taken it for granted or thought it’s all an accident? Finally in my 40’s I gave up the control and really began savoring the wonder beyond me.

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  3. Tori Nelson
    Dec 29, 2012 @ 06:46:18

    Perfect! My friend always says “I don’t care what you believe in but believe in something”. I think you are spot-on. Belief is looking with eyes up or forward, really anywhere but down or back, and trusting that there is more good in front of you.

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  4. barb19
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 20:03:10

    Hope is a very powerful emotion – it helps us after losing a loved one, it gives us the strength to carry on. Without hope, we have nothing.
    Great post, Chris.

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  5. Chatter Master
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 13:29:13

    Exceptionally well said Chris! Great attitude and great thoughts. Brilliant.

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