…is it my belief? Have I consciously and intentionally thought it through and adopted an ideal.
Or…am I thoughtlessly perpetuating the belief system that I was raised with or adopted from a group of individuals that I associate with or have associated with in the past?
What do I believe?
These questions could (and do) apply to just about every aspect of my life.
Let’s just pick a simple (and non-controversial) topic.
A controversial topic got me started on this rabbit trail, but I’m not going “there” today. In brief, I read something on facebook in a group I follow, and was moved to comment and take a stand. I don’t normally do so, as computer-land can be a dangerous place for serious discussion. I find that folks will quite often “say” things on the computer that they would never say in a face-to-face discussion. Quite simply, with the human factor removed, they just get down-right rude and ugly. That’s not conducive to intelligent discourse.
Anyway, back to simple.
I’ve quit looking at decorating magazines. You know, those “Better Homes and Gardens” type periodicals.
I love them…at first. Then, I start looking around at my little environment and dissatisfaction starts to set in. If I had the sofa that’s in that photo…and that rug…maybe just some fresh paint?
I conveniently forget that it took a team of 15 creative consultants to stage that photo. And that everything that made it a real life lived-in home is just out of view of the camera. Nobody lives there.
I don’t live there.
I can’t have all that stuff laying around. I don’t have a crew of 15 people decorating, organizing and dusting. I don’t have the financial resources to remodel, redecorate and accumulate.
What I do have is a home…an imperfect, sheltering home that I’m grateful for.
I’ve had to figure out what works for me and not try to live in someone’s else’s life. I must constantly be aware of outside influences and stay true to myself.
I have to choose my own style and live in a way that fits with my belief system. I have to define a set of “rules” that I live by.
Like I said – my house is just an example. Perhaps a metaphor.
This discussion could just as well be about politics, or religion, or life-style choices.
But that’s for you to decide .