“What’s so good about this Friday?”
A quote I heard yesterday that is still stinging. Perhaps due to the truth of it, or the anger and sadness behind it, or the absence of hope in it’s monotone. What is so good about this Friday?
It’s been a trying time for us all. There is fear of the unknown, of what’s going to happen, and whether if it will normalize ever again. All of our experiences are personalized and individualized, yet our overall feeling is the same. What’s also congruent is that we are all experiencing the same isolation and yearning for social connection and community while “social distancing”.
This weekend is a time where we get together with our families and celebrate our faith, hence our social isolation is felt more intensely during this time. During such a time of advertisity and unknown it’s hard to have faith and hope for the future. Yet, it’s during times of uncertainty that practicing faith is most important, especially for our own positive mental-emotional health.
As an eternal optimist the most common comment I get is – how can you be optimistic? Perhaps it’s because I’ve found my self surrounded by pessimists (or “realists” as they call themselves). To some being optimistic is being blindly unrealistic, or ignorant to the harshness of life. Optimists are optimistic in light of what they perceive in the world. Faith is having hope that things will get better purely because you believe in universal truth and balance. We live in a world where we need tangible proof in order to believe ……. and even then we disbelieve in good in order to protect ourselves in case something bad happens (honestly I think it’s people prefer to be negative so they can always be right – “See! I told you this would happen. Everything is horrible and I was right!”….. well if you believe everything is negative probability states you’ll be right eventually…. but so will be optimists 50% of the time with the same logic). We don’t need tangible physical evidence to have faith. Faith is a belief system that connects us to the world, others, and ourselves. Humanity strives on connection and survives though faith and hope in the world and in ourselves.
What’s the point of faith? Why believe in good during a time like this? It’s times like these we need to believe in good (I just realized you take out the “o” in good and you get God….. interesting… well it is a blog about faith!). We need to believe in hope. In humanity. In times that are difficult we can come together through our faith and hope and support eachother. And if you need proof that faith works then feel free to pubmed all the studies statistically showing the positive relationship prayer and connection to community has in improving healing time and immunity. In a time where a lot of things are out of control we can still try to control our outlook and our actions. By being kind to others and practicing positivity we raise our universal vibration (quantum physics) which can be felt worldwide. We are not optimistic blindly oblivious to what is going on, we are optimistic due to our ability to persevere through the goings on. It’s through faith in humanity and hope for the world that we can universally connect with eachother
So what’s so good about this Friday? It depends on your beliefs. And that’s up to you. We have freedom of faith and freedom of belief. Obviously I advocate optimism and positivity, but you always have the choice of what belief system you practice (which is respected as a human right). The purpose of this blog is just a note to ponder on the positive effects of practicing positivity. I’ll leave you with a quote I read years ago on a church poster board that resonates with me still, especially during trying times – “there is someone praying for the things you have”. We are blessed in our own ways, and that’s something we can all believe in.