A few shots from our visit to Longhorn Cavern State Park near Burnet, TX on January 20th, 2013.
Some days I’m not sure exactly what it is I believe. On others I know exactly not just what I believe but how it is that I would like to act on such beliefs. How is it such that we can waiver so greatly on subjects so fundamental to us as individuals and as part of humanity?
The idea of belief is something that has always fascinated me. By its very nature belief isn’t something that we know. It isn’t something that is going to be static or come to us through any formal means. It is instead something we each develop as a result of experience and growth. It is something that starts as a small idea or suggestion and develops into something much greater, something that can not only consume our thoughts but can also give us meaning and a reason to act.
It is this very concept, the reason to act, that is what can and probably should scare us all. It is this reason to act on an evolving ideal that can impact not only our own lives but also the lives of so many well beyond us. Why though should we be so moved by something we only believe and don’t know. Why is it that so many have been brought salvation from belief whereas others have known nothing but grief as a result of both their beliefs and the beliefs of others? Why is it that the actions of an individual one day can counteract that very same individuals actions of the day before simply due to the evolution of their belief?
These are questions that I ask myself often when I search inside for whatever it is that I believe and are also the very reason that what some folks list as a belief have instead for me become something I know. That is, something so fundamental and capable of being experienced first hand that any ideals or inspiration it brings have withstood the test of time and questioning to the point where it is no longer a belief.
Perhaps one day I’ll get around to writing about my political, religious, or other beliefs. For now however I don’t believe it is important to discuss what may change for me tomorrow. Instead I will put my energies in to what it is I know and try to use those fundamentals as guides as they will not waver.
Maybe if others would fall back on what they know both their lives and the lives of those around them would be somehow better for it. Then again, maybe not.
Anyone who has known me for any length of time knows that Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year. There’s just something about the one holiday when both sides of the family can get together and enjoy good company, good food, and good times that I can’t resist. This year was even a little extra special as we were able to celebrate Christmas Eve with our new niece Delilah while our nephew Joey was finally old enough to make himself the life of the party (while proving he is quite a dancer for a two-year-old). Then on Christmas day Kana decided he liked the whole gift thing and he wanted to open everything. As a result he spent more time in people’s laps trying to get at their gifts than anything else and played with what he did get until he wore himself out.
As usual we spent Christmas Eve at my folks’ house with my brother and family, my Aunt Robin, Joy’s parents and her sister Jenny. Christmas day then moves to Joy’s folks’ house where my parents joined us for a second day of family time. Of course gifts were exchanged, and food was eaten at both but the pest time was just the time we spent hanging out. The only change I would ever make would be to meet with some of the folks on more than just Christmas. Anymore we don’t see any of the family the rest of the year and if I could change anything that would be it.