Faith: Step two in finding happiness

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What is faith? How can we define something so powerful by using the limitations of words? Well, here is faith as it is defined by Dictionary.com.

1. confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another’s ability. 2. belief that is not based on proof: He had faith that the hypothesis would be substantiated by fact. 3. belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion: the firm faith of the Pilgrims. 4. belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit, etc.: to be of the same faith with someone concerning honesty.

When I say “faith” I am speaking about one’s belief or mindset. If a person believes that they will live in poverty, due to how they were raised and taught, then the likelihood of them doing so is great. Our manner of thinking has a huge impact on our daily lives. Our thoughts are the foundation of our faith, solidified by proof. If I wake up and think to myself, “this is going to be one of those days.” I have already set my mind to prepare for bad things. I am on the lookout for those bad things as well. Focus on the bad and we will see the bad. Focus on the good and we will see the good.

Faith has a strange way of growing. If a person sees something “bad” at first they will refrain from it and regard it with disgust. However, if they see it again they will be less offended by it. If exposed to this “bad” thing or “bad” situation long enough, that person will embrace it and this will lead to them being influenced by it. Normally, faith does not happen over night. Faith is often the result of experience.

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In my last blog I covered how to turn desire into reality. Faith is another aspect to that reality. It is the “why” behind the desire. When you follow the steps of turning desire into reality, you are building your faith. You are able to see it, even if it hasn’t transposed into reality. Taking action to make a thought into reality takes faith. The closer your desire gets to becoming reality the stronger your faith will become. This is why having a positive mindset is important. If you went through the steps of obtaining your desire with the thought of “Meh”. Do you really think that the driving force behind your desire will be as strong as if you had the thought of “YES!”?

Our lives will reflect what we are focused on. I do not know why this isn’t taught in schools. It’s mentioned, but faith and a person’s mindset is so powerful that two semesters could easily be taught. Faith is the driving force that converts our desire into reality. This is why religious people go to church. They get a recharge on their faith. Everyone is in a positive mood, they are upbeat, and by golly they are so glad to see you. Positive attitude develops positive faith. Yes there is negative faith. I call this despair. It is the loss of hope. With no hope come no positive faith, only despair. Do not allow yourself to focus on the negative. It will drive you down.

Keep the faith alive. Stay positive. It’s true that everything will not be perfect. Deal with it. What if you hadn’t lost your keys and spent 30 minutes looking for them? Maybe there was a drunk driver you avoided, or maybe someone ran a red light that you would have been crossing. Take every moment in a positive attitude. Learn to be happy more often. This is a lesson that I am still working on, but I’m getting better at it. I can also see the rewards of my efforts. Things that I once stressed over, now seem petty. Faith is the second step in happiness. I hope that you are able to find your faith and build on it.

Thanks for taking the time to read… and as Bon Jovi sang “Don’t Stop Believing”.

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