One of the men I supervise often puts quotes on his instant messaging for the world to see. Today’s quote caught my attention. “Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.” Helen Keller. It struck me as beautiful. I don’t know what she was referring to us having faith in but I would argue it doesn’t matter.
May she is talking about faith in God – that no matter what burdens fall upon you, you’ll be seen through your journey, have purpose and make it through. Maybe it is faith in human nature. Faith that in the end there is a part of our souls that shine with compassion and love and will make strides toward peace and happiness. Maybe it is faith in friends or family. Maybe it is faith that the sun will rise or tomorrow will come. Maybe it is faith in yourself that you are up to the challenges that arise and can overcome and live fully.
I don’t know specifically what faith is being talked about but I know that faith is essential. (I know someone who is all about hope also believes faith is important! Who would have guessed! 🙂 ) I’m not sure but it seems to me that if we only believe in things we can see or touch or that have been ‘fact-checked” that we will not fully realize our potential. How do we take those jumps of intuition, creativity or genius if we don’t sometimes just take a leap of faith. How do we get through the darkest days if we don’t have faith that somehow we will be all right. Having faith in something intangible allows us to achieve greatness. I am not sure a person can live a full life without faith in something even if it is just that they will get through the day.
As the hustle and bustle of holidays and our everyday life surrounds you, stop. Take a few minutes and think about what you hold dear. Don’t worry if other people scoff at where you choose to put your faith. It is your soul that chooses what is right for you. In what do you have faith?