“When you get to the end of all the light you know and it’s time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.”
― Edward Teller
Not everyone can easily do this. Those of us like myself who are very practical (or like to think so) find trusting the unknown to be quite the daunting task.
Learning to trust something out of my reach was almost impossible for me to do. I believed in myself and myself only and what I could do to achieve my goals.
Whether it comes to love, my job, my family, anything remotely related to me in some way, makes depending on others, on God, whatever, a difficult journey.
We learn from example. We learn from our environment and sometimes it seems our surroundings leave a lot to be desired. We know our reactions to circumstances.
Some of the biggest leaps of faith we take comes into play when we get married. We have it on faith, on our vows that our spouse will be there for better or for worse, forsaking all others. Sadly, and by American statistics on this holy institution, not too many individuals want or can find this faith with their significant others. In addition, depression among Americans is about as bad as our national obesity and I think lacking faith in ourselves, our loved ones has a lot to do with this emotion. What is it about our society that has caused us to become so toxic with one another?
Have we lost our faith in ourselves? In our country?
I don’t know. What I do know is how I can personally react to those around me, especially my loved ones. Faith isn’t easy, it’s an arduous journey and it’s one I am still willing to make.