It’s been a very troubling time for the US, and for the world really, this past year or so. Not that the world and the country didn’t have plenty of problems before then, but for me, and for many others, things feel as if they have gotten much worse in recent months.
So today I wanted to talk a little bit about how I’ve been keeping the faith and what I mean by that. Keeping the faith doesn’t have anything to do with religion the way I’m using it today. Keeping the faith can mean a lot of things to a lot of people, so I want to lay out what I mean before I get into how I’m doing it right now.
I have faith in a lot of things in my life. I have faith that electricity will keep flowing through the power grid. I have faith that I’ll make it through the day. I have faith in the institutions that I rely on every day. I have faith that my husband, my family, and my friends will still be around and still care for me. I have faith in my country. So when I say, keeping the faith, I mean retaining that faith that the world will keep turning, things will keep happening, and that life will go on (mostly) uninterrupted.
It may be a little idealistic and simplistic, but I believe that the world is going to continue to get better, and when it looks like that isn’t how things are going, it can shake my faith in not just this belief, but a lot of other things as well, and that means I’m not doing so well at keeping the faith.
Here is how I combat that: