So I was recently asked why I have been so positive about things as of late. Some have asked if I found religion while others wondered if I went to some rehab of positive thinking. Since these questions came about I started to think about the relationship or no relationship between the two. Here are some points I came up with. Please know that this is all based upon my personal experience as I venture through this thing we call life.
This is a very - very touchy subject. Some people are either very religious, despise religion or just have no opinion at all. So I will try not to offend anyone while I comb through it.
Religion for a fact is a man-made entity. Remember, man is not perfect(or we could say flawed) so therefore religion can be flawed itself based upon its creator(a human). Although even though religion is man-made and may have its flaws, it is however inspired by a higher being or another human in most cases for the good of man. Then it develops into the rituals of ceremonies, holidays and other events to become closer with the entity.
Religion is a good thing for some people who can “see” or feel the grace of the higher being and brings about the faith that they have and inspire others to do so.(of course no one likes it to be shoved in their face). It is also a good thing for the gathering of like minds to express the belief, inspired etc….
Religion is full of great stories and parable to try to teach us valuable lessons—-if we can understand the interpretation which is another human thing—interpretation
On the down side - it is man-made. It creates more of an issue with Middle East turmoil that may eventually end in total anihilation of many people. Constant tension between many groups —even between Catholics and Christians(on a personal experience). Hey I think I have one of those “THE END IS NEAR” signs.
Oh yea “Fuck you and your happiness!” is something that crossed my mind many times to people who would talk about it and shove it in your face like a religion. So, like religion, it can piss people off.
Positive thinking is great is you can get away from the scientology “freakiness” of it or the “cult” feel of it. So the negative side is sort of like religion where you can be cast out for what you say or believe.
For me—-Positive thinking has been the key to my self-healing along with great support and putting the trash out of negative people. I try to tell people hello, good morning, be safe, etc just because maybe they need to hear it more than me. And while I continue to pursue and say these things—I start to believe it.
Couple important things I have learned from friends, councilors and even strangers:
1. It takes a lot of energy to stay angry, negative, depressed and like such feelings. It’s better to “GET UP AND DO SOMETHING” than just stew it. I know this from personal experience.(and continue to work on it)
2. ACCEPTANCE : remember you have no control over someone or something other than you, yourself and your actions. We all make mistakes and will continue to make them—-just learn from them and move ahead.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this. I hope I did not offend anyone. ROCK ON!!!