FAITH and FRAGILITY

Faith is present in many ways as I walk around my neighborhood. The images you see here are portrayals of a specific faith. They made me ponder on this topic. Faith is a noun. It is defined as having “complete trust or confidence in someone or something“. We go through life experimenting this in many ways. We are born and have complete faith in our parents. We then grow and start experimenting faith with others, applying it to friendships and to love. We then reach a moment when others have faith in us. Then we see them slowly let go, and start placing their faith elsewhere. Through these stages we realize that to have “complete trust or confidence in someone or something” is not a simple task. Faith is also defined as “a strongly held theory or belief (religious or secular)“. Again, we experience this in several ways. At first, we might imitate the faith of our elders. As we grow, we might start experimenting with the faiths of others. We then might get caught up in having moments of little faith. Hopefully, there then comes a time where we grasp on to some sort of faith.

Fragility is also a noun. It is often defined as “the quality of being easily broken or damaged“. Faith and fragility. Two nouns that are quite opposite, yet often found together. The fragility of faith is present constantly. Faith must be nurtured by both the giver and the receiver. If it is only nurtured by one, faith’s fragility comes in to play. One who has faith in anyone or anything, must hold on to hope, must stay positive, must trust, and must also question. Anyone or anything that has been given faith by someone, must give reasons for hope, must radiate positivity, must be trustworthy, and must answer to questions asked.

Whether you are a parent, a friend, a lover, a husband, a wife, a religion or a practice, faith comes along with fragility. Faith must be nurtured by both the giver and the receiver. If it is done well, and if faith evolves over time, if in moments of confusion then comes clarity, slowly faith will not be as fragile. Instead, when fragility makes an appearance in your world, faith will be there to keep everything from breaking apart.

“As long as you find something beautiful, good and true to believe in and abide by, you have the equivalent of God in your life.”

Thich Nhat Hahn

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