Since being diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and Chiari, it seems important for others to know what I believe, if I have faith and if I have been saved. For some reason they feel it is necessary for my beliefs to be consistent with theirs in order for me to be "okay" should I meet an early demise.
So, here is my answer.
Do I believe? Yes. I believe in the following...
I believe that kindness matters.
I believe in being authentic.
I believe that things work out best for people who make the best of the way things work out.
I believe that pets bring joy to a household.
I believe that true love is rare and should be valued as such.
I believe in being grateful for the things you have.
I believe that happiness is not a constant state to strive for but the choice to recognize the many
delights that come your way.
I believe that glitter makes the world a better place.
I believe that funny is funny and laughter is rarely inappropriate.
I believe you should live your life and not interfere with how others live theirs
I believe that in the end we live on forever in the hearts of those that loved us.
Do I have faith? Yes
I have faith that when I am in need my true friends will be there for me.
And I have faith that things happen for a reason.
Have I been saved? Yes and no.
I have not been saved from the heartache, disappointment, sadness, and suffering that are a natural part of life. I have, however, been saved from despair over such happenings by friends and family that care for my well being, a sense of humor, positive attitude, resilient spirit, and Ben and Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice cream. And I am certain that I have been saved many a time by my quick wit, innate common sense, good judgement, and inner strength.
I think the Dalai Lama said it best
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.