“ But I knew this much: I believed in belief, for its own shining sake. To believe in the face of utter hopelessness, every article of evidence to the contrary, to ignore apparent catastrophe– what other choice was there? We do it every day, I realized. We are so much stronger than we imagine, and belief is one of the most valiant and long-lived human characteristics. To believe, when all along we humans know that nothing can cure the briefness of this life, that there is no remedy for our basic mortality, that is a form of bravery “
Without belief, we would be left with nothing but an overwhelming doom, every single day. Dispiritedness and disappointment, these were the real perils of life, not some sudden illness or cataclysmic millennium doomsday “
The past couple of days have been busy for a good reason and I am totally hooked on to the book- “Its not about the bike” by Lance Armstrong – the very name which fills the mind with the thoughts of a spirit and a fighter we all would love to see in ourselves. Throwing in a little bit of context, he makes this statement when he talks about cancer and how he chooses certain beliefs while deciding to face the operation and how he would want to process it.
Lately I have found questioning myself about what the beliefs we should follow to ensure that we don’t hurt ourselves in the future in the same way it was before. The hurt may be a disappointment, may be missing someone, or maybe things not working out the way we expected them to be.
The more I think of it, the more I realize, no matter what the reason – the ones we give ourselves or the ones we give to others, it doesn’t matter. What matters is what has happened and what matters more is what we do about the what that has already happened. How we treat the negativity is the far more superior question and how we grow from it and turn it to something which is useful to us is the superlative one.
I have wondered and realized time and again, it never is as easy as told in the books. Perhaps it is never meant to be easy and probably that is why we see so many people doing it and so less people who can actually guide us in the only way that makes sense to solve an issue.
It is not about only the belief, belief helps us to think, it gives us the direction. Action makes all the difference. I know and can relate to the idea that it is extremely hard to believe in some things when they are not working in our favour. But the actual question is whether that one belief helps us or not, whether it enhances our quality and approach to our lives and goals- that is the actual question. It never is easy and is never meant to be. Things do happen, they do shake our beliefs. But that doesn’t matter either; it just seems as natural as it can be. People have done things beyond that. Maybe it is time to tell ourselves that it is enough , reasons are enough, it sometimes is good enough to accept what has happened and move on to what needs to be done. The world doesn’t stop just cos some beliefs of ours have a few challenges and neither should we.
Sounds simple? I thought so too 🙂