Stayin’ alive

A kidney dialysis/transplant diary

Unspoken words

This spoke to me from “Eat Pray Love,” a memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert:

“There’s a reason we refer to ‘leaps of faith’ –because the decision to consent to any notion of divinity is a mighty jump from the rational over to the unknowable, and I don’t care how diligently  scholars of every religion will try to sit you down with their stacks of  books and prove to you that their faith is indeed rational; it isn’t. If faith were rational it wouldn’t be — by definition — faith. Faith is belief in what you cannot see or prove or touch. Faith is walking face-first and full-speed into the dark. If we truly knew all the answers in advance as to the meaning of life and the nature of God and the destiny of our souls, our belief would not be a leap of faith and it would not be a courageous act of humanity; it would just be … a prudent insurance policy.”

For some reason those words speak to me, give me permission to not feel that I have to find a single belief that has all the answers for me.  Acting “as if” may be enough to keep me walking along a path toward faith. Maybe I don’t have to find all the answers in one big glut.  Maybe my true faith includes a cup of  Christianity, a dollop of Islam, a  sprinkling of Eastern philosophy, a dash of spirituality all served on a bed of belief in the humanity of  man.

I think I like that idea.


February 5, 2009 - Posted by | diabetes, dialysis, fistula, health, kidney, renal diet, renal recipes, transplant, Uncategorized, weight loss

1 Comment »

  1. Faith is walking face-first and full-speed into the dark.

    I like that a lot.

    Comment by Bill Peckham | February 7, 2009 | Reply

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