“There’s nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitive child.” ~ Frank A Clark
One of my greatest daily pleasures is driving my eldest son to school. Like every five year old he is full of questions, some mundane, but others spring quite obviously from his desire to understand the world, himself and life. Answering him can be challenging, not because I am unclear about my beliefs, but due to the need to find points of connection in his young, yet inquisitive mind.
How clearly can you articulate your beliefs? Do you understand your beliefs? I’ve spent the last year sharing my beliefs day after day on this blog and it has been quite a daunting, yet fulfilling process. Beliefs are more fundamental than opinions. Opinions are fleeting, not necessarily tied to your fundamental beliefs and a dime a dozen. Beliefs, on the other hand, are born of your underlying orientation.
Goethe once said that “Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so is he.” It is worth taking time to consider your beliefs. Conflicting beliefs lead to tension and ineffectiveness. Poorly understood beliefs result in reactions, behaviors and modi operandi that take their owners by surprise. A well understood, orderly and coherent belief system results in an uncommon life, provided that the pattern of belief is consistent with the truth.