I bought this book, The Purpose Driven Life (Don’t ask me why. Had no idea what I was thinking!), more than a year ago, and I must admit the highly religious tone put me off a bit, which is why it took me so long to get started!
I am spiritual, and I do believe in a “Creator.” Now whether that creator happens to be called “God” or anything else, a “rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” The philosophy behind most religions is what attracts me, rather than specific dogma and unjustifiable rites. My reason for wanting to be a believer is quite selfish. What would life be without such hope? such potential? I wouldn’t want to live a life without magic, driven by fact alone. I selfishly repeat. I need the faith and purity of belief, a belief that does not have to be explained. Does not have to be proven.
As teachers, we spend most of our lives evaluating, grading, judging, and justifying. Hence, I want to do less when it comes to my private life sometimes. I want the innocence of ignorance at times, the purity of unsupported bliss.
Many might not agree with me. This penchant we have for solid proof has become so ingrained within us. Yet persuasion is about so much more than proof, and life can be so much more exciting when there is much left to uncover and explore.
Thus, I’m starting with the self, and I’ve decided to take on this highly religious book and “de-religify” it. As such, I’m taking the liberty of sharing the first question in its original format and its new version.
Original Question to Consider: “In spite of all the advertising around me, how can I remind myself that life is really about living for God, not myself?”
Revised version: In spite of all the advertising around me, how can I remind myself that I do not exist in a vacuum? That my life isn’t just about my personal pleasures and goals, but about living for others, even living for a higher power? Can I deal with not being the “center of my own universe”?