Do I have faith?

I follow a blog called Time of Your Life by Tetraplegic Bhoy, a paralysed man from the neck down who can’t breath himself. He talks about the accident that paralysed him and how he has dealt and coped with life since. One of his recent posts was titled The ’God’ post, I comment on many of his posts and this one was no different.  It was about his thoughts on God, religion and his struggle with what he does and doesn’t believe. I have been through this in the past and thought about it a bit again when Nan passed away. I put a lot of thought into my comment on this post and this is what I wrote:-

If you would like to read the original post to better understand my comment you can use this link http://livingwithmydisability.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/the-god-post/.

‘They say that if you have lots of problems in this life you must have been bad in the last one, I must have been a mass murderer. Knee pain nearly all my life, multiple surgery, above knee amputation and with a half knee replacement already the surgery won’t stop there. I’m an atheist although if I were to follow anything it would be Buddhism, Zen Buddhism or Daoism. Not so much religions but a good way of living, no one God as there have been more. This is because its said Buddha has been more than one person who had become truly enlightened. I struggle with the karma side of this though as that means there is a before and after life and I’m not sure I believe there is. I can understand how so many people do follow a religion though as I think it helps people have a purpose and a reason for the life we have. It could also be looked upon as another means of controlling people and unfortunately is the cause of more conflicts than anything else, yet they preach peace and kindness. If people find that it helps them in life or is something they believe then I have no issues with anyone from any religion.

Are our lives pre-planned? Do we have choices? Does our actions here determine how our next life will be? Do we get punished? Are things done to test us? These are all just unanswerable questions but the only thing we do know is we will never know. Science is more credible to me and can answer more questions than religion can. The way I see it is we can only do the best with what we have and we have to improvise adapt and overcome to move on. If something good can come from the disability or abilities I have then that’s great in my book. I try to treat others as I wish to be treated and as long as I live the best way I feel I can then it will be a good life. We don’t even know how long our lives will last so we just have to make the most of what we have. I actually believe that life is more a reflection of the structure of a book. There’s a beginning, middle and an end and we meet new characters as we go through different chapters of our lives. Maybe that’s where the saying ‘there’s a book in all of us’ comes from.

Steven your key, as was mine, was acceptance, which opened the door for you to improvise, adapt and overcome, just as those around you did the same. There were dark times in the beginning but you got through them, which was a phenomenal challenge that you worked through. You have achieved so much and probably been through the biggest test of you life, you have got through that you can get through anything. You are now using the abilities you have to help others and making the most of what you have. You could even see yourself as a mini God, you tell your life story to others in writing (could compare that too preaching and the bible), you have followers from around the world and you help people. Whatever we believe all we can really do is make the most of the life we have while we have it.’

This of course this is only my opinions/thoughts and every person has their own individual ideas and beliefs. Whether you’re religious or not I think it’s good to take time to reflect and question yourself every now and then. I find it easier to talk and advise others than to talk about or help myself, maybe it’s time to start practicing what I preach.

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2 Responses to “Do I have faith?”

  1. Amen to that last paragraph (so to speak).

    I’m glad you decided to share your views. As we have discussed, your input and feedback is always appreciated for being honest and open. Please keep it coming.

    And pleased to do allow others the privilege of these views by discussing them more in your own posts.

    • Thank you Steven.

      I told you that I would take on board what you have said and I will look to incorporate it more in my blog. It will be interesting to see the feedback I get for this post from people through the comments and on Facebook (where most comments are made).

      The mental and emotional side of dealing with any major trauma in our lives is just as important as the physical side. I probably owe it to my readers to try and explain this as much as I do the physical aspect of being an amputee. As I mentioned at the end I find it hard to talk about myself in that way and to open up. I will do my best and your comments and encouragement have been very valuable and extremely welcome.

      Thanks again :)

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