Thursday, June 23, 2011

Have A Little Faith

Source of photo: strangevoices
"If we tend to the things that are important in life, if we are right with those we love and behave in line with our faith, our lives will not be cursed with the aching throb of unfulfilled business. Our words will always be sincere, our embraces will be tight. We will never wallow in the agony of 'I could have, I should have.' We can sleep in a storm. ...And when it's time, our goodbyes will be complete."
Mitch Albom has an uncanny ability to express his writings in a very gentle and humble way. The first book of his I picked up was 'The Five People You Meet In Heaven' (now one of my favourites). I discovered I could never read too many texts of what it means to be a good human being. And now having read Have a Little Faith, Albom has added his pages and beautiful quotes to my bookshelf.

Faith and religion are topics I have already expressed thoughts on in a previous post. Albom writes about his interactions with 2 religious clerics who come from very different backgrounds but who now preach similar beliefs. But this book doesn't delve into the gritty particulars of each faith. Instead this book goes beyond the administration of religion and to the fundamentals of it- love, hope and compassion.

No matter how downtrodden or unfortunate many lives may be, it amazes me how people, through the power of faith, are able to find the strength to survive amongst hopelessness and still be grateful they did not have worse. And indirectly, finishing the book assured me that there is a universal belief we all have access to, that can provide those with relief and guidance.

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