If you want your children to be intelligent,
read them fairy tales.
If you want them to be more intelligent,
read them more fairy tales
- Albert Einstein
Susan Day is a children’s author and writer. Her blog, Astro’s Adventures Book Club, is full of ideas and tips for grandparents who want to build a strong relationship with their grandchildren. In particular, Susan specializes in helping grandparents share their love of books with their grandchildren. Susan is currently writing a book titled, The Top 10 Things Happy Grandparents Never Regret Doing!
Susan lives in country Australia with four dogs, three boss cats, three rescue guinea pigs, and an errant kangaroo. And, apart from blogging, writing and reading; she loves drinking coffee, painting and learning to box.
April 18, 2017
How having faith in oneself and a greater power can reshape the way we see the world
Faith has always been a fascinating construct. Once religion and the Church had everyone in its power. Now, only some still follow its doctrines and still find power in the words of the Holy Book.
In the past century, many people have spent years trying to intellectualize faith, and come out of this process not believing in anything at all. While others seem to believe in everything from lucky charms, to ghosts, to reincarnation; hanging out for the latest trends, hoping they will alleviate their mental anguish.
If you have a belief in God and follow a structured religious path, then you are among a diminishing lot. Many people have left the church that their parents followed, struggling to find meaning in life. It is not uncommon for someone to dabble in a variety of religions, picking out the bits they feel speaks to them best. They are like fast food diners snacking on spiritual tidbits from a smorgasbord of ideas and notions.
Then there are those who don’t believe that faith has a place in their lives. They don’t feel the need to submit their will to a higher being or to use reflective practices to make sense of their lives. Instead, they use science to populate their beliefs, and pop culture to saturate their needs.
What does Faith look like?
However you have fit faith in your life, there are still some fundamental principles that link believers, trinket holders, and non-believers: our faith in the power of love and in each other.
Even though our lives can be filled by bad news, it is the good news stories which people love and share. We love to celebrate the hero, the individual who stands up for themselves and others. We can immediately make an emotional connection with those facing terrible hardships, and our heart yearns to help and to offer them peace.
Faith in the goodness of people
Faith can manifest itself in many human values. We see it when a child loses her favorite toys in a terrible flood, and her local town gather replacement toys for her, even though many homes have been destroyed.
We see it in the accepting smile of a little, white, blond girl who was told that she shouldn’t have chosen a black doll because it is doesn’t look like her, and she answers, “Yes, she does. Look, we are both pretty and we both have lovely hair.”
It was witnessed in a supermarket on Christmas Eve when two friends met; one with a trolley full of groceries, the other with only the few items he could afford. Then, in the carpark, the person with the full trolley shares what they have bought with their friend.
Instances where we act on impulse and demonstrate and strengthen our faith empower us to be better people; to look out for each other; and isn’t that what faith is ultimately about?