A Blog Post by a Mom about her atheism. No I am not an atheist, but this was too good not to share. But, my Valentine Day’s hope for the you and our world, is that we will grow in our love of one another, stand strong against the belief bullies, and move the world closer to Peace on Earth.
I am blessed to occasionally connect with the spirit of love I believe wraps around our universe. I try hard and often fail at being an observant Jew. I left Christianity in my early twenties as so few Christians seemed Christian. I also could not reconcile the idea of a loving God exiling members of creation for daring to not believe in him or her or in a one way street to salvation.
I was interested in converting to Judaism after my marriage mainly because I did not want to disrupt thousands of years of my husband’s family history. I studied for a year, found no part of Judiasm that insisted the world had to believe as the Jews believe. In other words, Jews hold to no Doctrine of Salvation. I also resonated with the concept of Tikkun Olam, a Hebrew phrase calling on us to aid in “repairing the world.” When Jews speak of being chosen, that is what they mean. God will not do for us, what we must do for ourselves.
I am proud to be a Jew. I am distressed that so many hate Jews and Israel, but strong in my belief that we the good people of many faiths can “come together and love one another.”
On dark days, I think the God of my understanding leaves too much on humanity’s shoulders; since the time of the flood, the crossing of the Red Sea, the spreading of the teachings of Jesus, the coming of Mohammed, the Reformation, the Age of Reason, the Age of Technology, our world has only crept a few feet towards Peace on Earth. Then I turn for comfort in the Buddhist saying, “It is all all right” and the thought that God’s time is not the same as our time.
My Valentine Day’s hope for the you and our world, is that we will grow in our love of one another, stand strong against the belief bullies, and move the world closer to Peace on Earth.
As I tell myself a thousand times a day, stay strong, give lots of love, be grateful, practice kindness, live now, give and seek forgiveness, and always hope the blessing of the forces beyond our control are with you and those you love.
A more or less mundane update: I am shifting gears, jumping fences, trying to shift from the role of Parent Expert, to Emotional Fitness Expert. Mostly, I am working on what I hope will be my breakout book: The Art of Emotional Fitness: Control The Feelings Trying to Control You. Many of you helped pick the title. Thank you.
What this means: I am posting less on both my blogs. I keep hoping to set a firm schedule, but my brain doesn’t work that way, well, at least three-quarters of the time. Nevertheless, this is what might happen:
Parents are People Two: Monday, a long parenting blog on a topic for the week. Off and on, poster quotes, jokes, whatever. Thursday or Friday a wrap up post.
Emotional Fitness Training: Tuesday, a long post on whatever hits my passion button. Usually a topic and then followed off and on with short posts — poster quotes, jokes, whatever. Friday a wrap up post.
You are all on my added care team. I desperately need reviews – every author does; reviews sell books. At this time, the book is to be published in chapters. If you are interested in reviewing one or all of the chapters let me know and you will get a review copy. Not sure what reviewing involves? I am putting together a one page guide. Even short reviews and a star rating works.
The first chapter is a longer revision of the Daily Twelve Emotional Fitness Exercises. The free edition is to be removed soon and replaced with a few E-Fit exercises.
Finally, still coughing, and feeling only half better, but so grateful I feel well enough to be active here.
DISCLAIMER: FORGIVE MY GRAMMATICAL ERRORS FOR I HAVE DYSGRAPHIA. If you need perfect posts, you will not find them here. Dysgraphia is a not well known learning disability and means that sometimes my sentence structure is not that easy to follow or I make other errors. Still, most people understand me. All of my books are professionally edited, but not all of my blog posts are. If this troubles you, feel free to read elsewhere. If you persevere, you are practicing kindness by lifting my spirits for that means you find what I say helpful and that is one of my missions. Kindness always repays those who spread it.