“Morality is of the highest importance – but for us, not for God.”
I’ve been thinking about what makes others consider another person to be a good person, as well as how someone defines themselves. No one is perfect: mistakes are made, ill thoughts can come, hurtful things can be done or said, not always consciously or meant that way, or selfish reasons can sway you one way or the other…there are so many things that mar the make up of a “good person.” Does that negate the good that they do/are in the long run? Does their being human take away from doing their best to live a good, moral life?
In one of my first meetings with the Rabbi, in my seeking out a side of me that had rarely, if ever, been truly explored, the question of living a good moral life was brought up. It was what I felt religion, in any form, should be about: not so much how you honor God, but how you honor yourself and those around you, seeking out the good in others and yourself, and living it day to day. Mistakes and all. I was unsure of who God was and what role God played in our lives, if at all. I had been surrounded by so many who have this unwavering faith in God…something was missing from my life, and so I am exploring this. Readers who have been with me and this blog all along know that.
To me, doing your best not to harm another person in any way is a start. We do things by our actions and our in-actions that can hurt another, or a group. I find that living a humanistic life, thought process, is more how I’ve interpreted what God would want, or how things have been portrayed through religious services that I’ve attended.
This has been part of my makeup for a long time, even when I’ve been at my most negative. It’s there, lying underneath at times, submerged by a stressed moment, or feelings of fear-especially of the unknown. It’s why I wrote a few days ago about why my bouts of anger bother me.
I get to see the Rabbi today after a full month of no communications. She was away, and now back safe and sound. I am looking forward to continuing our discussions, and seeing where all this will take me.
Posted on February 6, 2013, in Anger, Caring, counseling, Family, Fear, Friends, Grief, Healing, Inspiration, Love, Mindfulness, Prayers, Spiritual, Support, Therapy, Transformation, Uncategorized and tagged anxiety, caring, compassion, concern, coping, counseling, depression, focus, giving thanks, God, hope, love, mental health, patience, rededication, strength, Talking to God, understanding. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.