Faith isn’t necessarily religious. Many people have faith in God, but people also have faith in the Golden Rule, in Karma, in our spouses, in our grandma’s favorite phrase, or in the idea that family comes first. All of these are examples of faith and beliefs. These directly influence how you act. For example, If you genuinely believe that all are forgiven, you will forgive people more easily and sincerely.
Faith can be a great cause of distress for many people, especially when people have outdated or irrational beliefs. An outdated belief might be something such as continuing to believe you must not talk to strangers because you were taught not to do so as a child. An irrational belief is something such as “If everyone tries hard, they can do everything perfectly”. That kind of faith in people creates a lot of distress when someone somewhere messes up. Faith takes many forms, and while it can be a great comfort and a huge factor in our lives, it can also cause extra distress.
- What do you have faith in?
- What kind of beliefs do you hold close?
- Does your faith ever cause problems for you in your everyday life?