These words popped into my head this morning, and I started to mull them over in my little brain. I figure, if they popped into my head, seemingly at random, then they deserved a bit of attention. This may, or may not, turn into another wordy ramble…let’s find out, shall we?
Why these words? Why in this configuration? What does this mean to me?
Well, obviously (if you know anything about me from this Blog O’Mine at all) sincerity is something I value…and kind of require, from those in my life. However, I started to think of it on a more personal, and spiritual level. Meaning this: It is important for me to be sincere with those I interact with as well….but, even more important, I need to be sincere in my Faith.
“Is a faith without action a sincere faith?” Jean Racine
I feel I have been sincere in my faith, especially in the spirit of the Jean Racine quote above. I do what I can to serve my community and my deities…and find new ways to do this all the time. Don’t think you’ve got to spend all day at a soup kitchen, or in front of your altar for that matter, in order to do this. Simply doing what you can to help others, or to brighten their day. Yup, that dirty joke that pops into your head just might be the thing to salvage somebody’s otherwise craptastic day – so, I say spit it out already (Although, you should “know your audience” in this regard, LOL.). Hold a door for someone, pick up that piece of trash in the parking lot, send healing energy to those that have requested it, listen to someone who needs an ear…whatever. A little kindness and compassion go a long way, and doing it all without judgement is what brings it all back around to being sincere in your actions, and therefore your faith.
On to the second half of my message from Divine today: Quiet Confidence. I just recently realized just how important confidence is to my practice. I spent so many years as a child blocking off my gifts, that it took an awful long time to embrace them as an integral part of me. With practice, along with sharing what I’ve learned with those that could benefit, I’ve come to no longer doubt, not only what is possible, but what is possible for ME to achieve. I know I still have much more to learn, and that there is far more potential to be unlocked…but I am no longer afraid that I’ll fail. I now know that if I do not succeed right away, I simply need to work on it more…it is a set-back, not a failure. All things happen in their own time. We may wish for them to happen quicker…but we do not always wish for things that we are ready for. 😉
“We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face…we must do that which we think we cannot.” Eleanor Roosevelt
Every scary thing I have encountered and successfully gotten past has made me stronger, and more confident. I look at my past self and I see, though I rarely showed it outwardly, a person who was scared of whatever life had waiting around the corner. “I can’t handle this”, “I don’t think I can do that”, “What if I screw up?”, “What if I get the wrong answer?”…these used to constantly flood my mind, and my life was nowhere near as rewarding as I would have liked.
Now? Well, since I have learned to take a deep breath and plunge headlong into the very thing that terrifies me, I have had a much more fulfilling life. What are some of the things that scared the bejeebers outta me? Well: Meeting new people (especially in large groups), taking Wicca 1 (I wanted to excel so badly, the fear of failure nearly paralyzed me), joining a coven, leading a ritual…shoot, the list goes on and on. The point is, I fought my way through the fear and anxiety to achieve these things, and with each success, the level of fear and anxiety I feel upon embarking on a new adventure becomes less and less.
“Therefore, let us not despair, but instead, survey the position, consider carefully the action we must take, and then address ourselves to our common task in a mood of sober resolution and quiet confidence, without resolution and without pause.” Arthur Henderson
Being sincere in your life & faith, and becoming filled with quiet – not overtly boastful – confidence will help you to be able to do whatever the Universe throws at you next…