Thursday, March 15, 2012

using quotes in pagan scrapbook pages

I talked about this faithbooking course I'm taking before, but here is a page that I created for it:

My take on it is a bit different, obviously because I'm not using the Bible, but also because I set the project up differently than she did in the course. She prompted us to use verses or quotes (because she's good at including the respect for religious diversity even if the class seems 99% Christian). So of course, I went to pinterest in search of something that spoke to me right now, which is where the above quote comes from (there was no author given, so I left it off)

I'm pleased with the fact that the quote really speaks to where I'm at right now and gave me the opportunity to really talk about what I believe in terms of bringing your attitude into your life and faith. I don't want to be all martyr like, because honestly,

a. I have no cause to think of myself as a martyr in my cushy North American, white middle class life, and
b. I'm not fatalistic in my view of the world and the gods

But what I wanted to convey, and I'm not sure how well I did it, was that I think it's important to remember that the bad stuff, the difficult and sucky stuff, are there for us to learn and grow from. I could sit here and tell you about how my Mother did this and my Father did that, and that's why I am the way I am, but I'd rather tell you about how I grew stronger and braver, and more compassionate because of those experiences. I'd rather tell you about who I am now instead of being a victim of my past.

And I'd rather look for the lesson or realization in the difficult moment than focus in on what is terrible and wrong in my life. (Not that anything is wrong or terrible). And I'd like to be clear, I'm not saying that I believe bad things happen because the gods are punishing us or even necessarily trying to teach us, but rather that we can take those tough times and use them as moments of learning for ourselves. We may not be able to fix them, or heal them, or even always understand them, but difficulties can either turn us away from the divine, or towards it. I'd rather lean into my sense of the gods (and by extension, myself) being there to walk me through it, no matter what happens, than to lose faith altogether.


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