Friday, April 28, 2017

Rejecting Faith

I am bothered when people present, "questioning faith" as a negative.

Questioning and curiosity are part of human nature.  Without questions, we would never learn.  Without questions, man never would have explored space, never would have adventured into the unknown parts of the world,  never would have invented the iPhone.

Is faith something you establish once, all at one time, and then any deviation from your initial thought is considered a questioning and rejection of your faith?  Certainly my faith in God now is entirely different than it was as a child.

Faith is something that grows and changes every moment.  How is it possible to view this process negatively?

Another oft-used term is, "rejection."  I do not see how any existence of belief in God or a higher power is a rejection of faith.  Perhaps your particular path to commune with God has changed, or your belief in the expectations He has for you in this life, but does that really call for the label that you have "rejected" faith?

Why does a realization that your path may be different than you once thought have to have so much negativity attached?   As a child, I told everyone I encountered that I was going to be a "Vegetarian" when I grew up so I could take care of animals every day.  Once I Iearned the accurate term of "Veterinarian," and that I'd also be responsible for putting animals down, I changed my mind.  No one criticized me for abandoning my future career path and I received much encouragement to continue searching.

Most often, the members of the sect of faith that is being questioned are the ones who object.  Last year, an article was published about how some Malawi girls are forced to have sex with a man, known as a "hyena," after their first period.  This act is believed, in their faith, to be a sexual cleansing and to keep the family safe from diseases and disaster.  If a girl refuses this, she does not know what calamities will befall her family.  In their culture, rejecting that faith is a terrible thing.  But to those of us on the outside, we see rejection of those beliefs as life-saving and liberating.

If a person changes from Catholic to Protestant to LDS to Non-Denominational, that person is not a rejector of faith 4 times over.  That person is human and curious and constantly searching for their individual path to a higher power.

We are all simply trying to find our personal way to most connect with the divine.  I truly believe that path is different for each one of us.  I truly believe that our higher power knows we are human and prone to err.  I truly believe that we are all on earth to love and be loved.


* http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-36843769?ocid=socialflow_twitter

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Past Year's Resolutions: 2016

What did I accomplish this year?

Every year I ask myself this question and make my retrospective resolutions for the year.  Hindsight is 20/20.  I think it is much more uplifting to reflect and think, "Wow- I did that!" than to think, "I didn't meet two of my ten goals.  I'm a failure." I always push myself as much as possible towards work I love and then let the universe fill in the blanks. 

In no particular order:

  1. Perform in "Beauty and the Beast" at Hale Centre Theatre as Silly Girl 1.  Life Changing.  Words are not adequate. 
  2. Film, "My Christmas Love," for the Hallmark Channel.  
  3. Win Best of State for Event DJs with Life of the Party Entertainment
  4. Still able to rock my tumbling like this
  5. Choreograph "Charleston" for Riverview Junior High
  6. Perform as Sally Brown in "Snoopy," also choreographing
  7. Watch my husband sing a duet with Backstreet Boy, Brian Littrell
  8. Transition my work with Life of the Party Entertainment to mainly wedding consultation and coordination, hiring an assistant for business coordination. 
  9. Become a Certified Wedding Planner with The Bridal Society in New York City.
  10. Continue to work out regularly
  11. Get my braces off!
  12. Visit: 
    1. California in October (Disney Land, Universal Studios), 
    2. Florida in November for Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios and a wedding
    3. Florida in March for a conference in Amelia Island & an oceanside stay at the Omni
    4. Las Vegas,
    5. Phoenix, Arizona,
    6. D.C.
    7. Virginia
    8. New York City (3 times)
    9. Buffalo and Rochester
    10. Ohio
    11. Pennsylvania
    12. Canada/Niagra Falls 
  13. Watch Rob DJ the wedding of his mentor - also the man who DJ'd our wedding - Elliot, in Orlando
  14. Have the most successful year thus far helping brides and grooms implement the weddings of their dreams
  15. Finally get the upgrade to some much-needed space for our company car - 2016 Honda Pilot
  16. Coach gymnastics all year and continue to feel that rush of adrenaline anytime one of my girls lands a new skill
  17. Meet Steve Martin walking his dog while walking home from Bright Star
  18. Watch a friend perform in Waitress and then introduced to star, Jessie Meuller


Resolutions of Year's Past:
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008