You could say I lost my faith in science and progress
You could say I lost my belief in the holy Church
You could say I lost my sense of direction
You could say all of this and worse, but
If I ever lose my faith in you
There’d be nothing left for me to do
If I Ever Lose My Faith in You
By Sting, The Police
As I was driving in the Pennsylvania mountains this morning, I was thinking about the people and things I lean on in my day-to-day life. Family and friends can be a great support system when things get rough. Music and books can temporarily take you to another place, away from whatever is troubling you. Pets give you unconditional love no matter what. But when you stop and think about it, there’s only one thing you can really count on, yourself.
You are the one person in control of your life and where its going. No matter what anyone says, you have to take the advise or ignore it, you have to make amends or walk away, you have to change your path or continue on as you are. If you have a lack of willpower, no one can instill that in you, you have to dig deeper. If you don’t have faith in yourself, no one else will.
Life can be very stormy, hard to see the way forward. The challenge we face can seem very daunting, insurmountable at times. One problem after another, sometimes many in a single day. Sometimes a little thing can set you off, turning an otherwise nice day into one of turmoil and despair. Gloomy clouds fall over you, fear stinging like a driving rain in your face.
You have to believe in yourself to get beyond this. You can’t let your past mistakes or fear hold you back. You can’t listen to the naysayers who tell you your ideas are foolish, unworthy. You can’t let the bad things in life block your view of what is beautiful and worthy of getting up every day for, and that is you.
You the person who loves to roll in the grass with your dog, sit by the campfire with your family, walk through the woods alone, sit by the ocean and listen to the waves. You the person who helps someone in need, with no want of pay. Listens when someone just needs to talk. Sits quietly holding someones hand when they just need a friend there beside them. You can be all this and more.
The road of life is never straight. You may not be able to see what’s coming around the next turn. You can choose to live your life in fear for what comes next, or you can just believe in the power of you. You can face everything with the peace of mind that comes from within, the strength of hope and determination that you can overcome anything if you try.
When you hear your favorite song, see a beautiful sunrise, listen to the birds singing, you can feel very inspired. It can change your whole outlook on the day. As wonderful as those thing are, are they truly what is inspiring, or just the trigger to what’s already inside you? No matter what happens in this world, no matter what life throws at you, don’t ever lose your faith in you.