How much is too much when it comes to believing in something? How much is too much when it comes to dreaming dreams? How much is too much when it comes to trying to be the best that you can be? And, how much is too much when it comes to standing up for what you believe in?
Sometimes, okay, so maybe most of the time, people criticize me for being such a sap when it comes to this kind of topic. They always think that I talk too much about it and that I should just, basically, stop. But then, a question arises from my head — just how do you measure when too much is…well, too much?
There are so many things that, when people talk about, they tend to say as ‘too much’. But amidst the topics that one could pick out of a topic cloud, there are two things which I firmly believe ‘too much’ doesn’t apply at all: Faith and Believing in something.
You may think: “Hey, those are the same, right?” but I have to contend that they are not. You can easily say that you believe in something but not have complete and absolute faith in them. It is quite easy to note that people believe that God does exist but they do not have faith that God exist. It may sound complicated but actually is not, though.
I should probably stop before we digress into what I want to share in this post, much less remind myself of as I write it.
A quote stands out in my mind when I first thought of writing this post. That quote goes: “Don’t believe in the you that believes in me, don’t believe in me who believes in you, believe in you…who believes in yourself!”. When I first heard that quote I was like, “What the heck?” But when I stop to think about it, it makes a lot of sense.
We often base our belief in ourselves on how others perceive us. We always take priority on how others view us and base our views of ourselves from those people who knows us by so-little-a-margin or not at all. Thinking on that, I begin to wonder why. Why do we care so much about how people perceive us so much so that we allow ourselves to feel a sense of despair and incompetence when they talk ill of us?
I know that it is ‘normal’. After all, who wouldn’t be put down by discouraging words? But that’s exactly why I don’t understand it too much. Why should that make such a big impact on how we see ourselves? I mean, sure they can say mean things regardless of how true what they say is or not, but is that really enough to hinder us from being the person we are meant to be or to be the person that we are?
I was, most of the time, laughed at and even criticized whenever people hear of my dream as being a great a writer as C.S Lewis or even J.R Tolkien. I was always told how impossible that would be considering that I am in the Philippines and how it would be likely the book I would publish would end up being a flop here. I was always told to dream of little things — those things that are ‘actually possible’ as how they put it. Believe me, those that I have written were the kinder words of my critics.
I could easily give up right here and now, right then and there but, I couldn’t bring myself to give up. You see, giving up on one of the BIGGEST dreams of my life, for me at least, means that I am betraying my true self. For me, it means that I am betraying the one who gave me the talent that my uncle, my parents, and my family saw in me. Giving up means that I have allowed myself to lose a battle that has yet to begin. That is why, I didn’t give up on that dream and I don’t plan on giving up on it soon not just because I believe that I can do it but because I have faith that I can!
You may think that I am getting too far ahead of myself or am being over-confident. You may even point out statistics of hopeful writers wanting to become a known author and publish their book but failing miserably. If you show me those statistics, I won’t falter still. I know about the numbers, I know about the chances and I also know the main reason why so many of them fail. It’s not because they lack the talent but because they lack perseverance.
I have read and even written a few articles dealing with how people speak so much of war, poverty, famish, and all those other negative things as well as things that should not be publicly discussed. But, in the long years that I have been surfing the net and reading, I have yet to find the same amount of articles dealing with belief and faith in God… or in religion. I often wonder why and I guess I will not be able to find a concrete answer to it on my own right now but I want to be able to change that, even for a little.
What is so embarrassing about talking of one’s faith? Why is it that when we talk about faith and God we get so little of an audience and reaction as compared to when someone talks about sex, fame and fortune? I don’t get that. I don’t get it at all.
Some would say that it is because religion is off limits. But, what’s so off-limits about it? Isn’t it part of our responsibility as Christians to become emissaries of faith? Didn’t Jesus Christ himself instructed all of us of what our duties as Christians are? Surely that is enough of a reason not to see religion as off-limits.
I wonder, in the trillions upon trillions of people that are living in our society, no, in our world today, how many actually still believe in miracles? How many still believe in their dreams? How many still truly believe and have faith in their own person?
Take a look at yourself in a mirror who do you see looking back? Is it the person you want to be? Or is there someone else you were meant to be, the person you should have been, but fell short of? Is someone telling you you can’t or won’t? Because you can. Believe that love is out there.
Believe that dreams come true every day. Because they do. Sometimes happiness doesn’t come from money or fame or power. Sometimes happiness comes from good friends and family and the quiet nobility of leading a good life.
Believe that dreams come true every day. Because they do. So take a look in that mirror and remind yourself to be happy because you deserve to be. Believe that.
And believe that dreams come true every day. Because they do.