by Lisa Haisha
When George Michael sang “I gotta have faith” in 1989, he likely had no idea how important that would be almost 30 years later. We are now living in what many consider to be one of the most divisive, angry and nerve-wracking times in recent American history. Every day it is more political dissent, acts of terror and a general uncertainty about our collective future as a country and as individuals. We are worried for the safety of our families and we struggle to live the American Dream.
With the world seemingly gone mad, how can we keep our faith? Not just religious faith, but faith in ourselves, our future and in humanity. Here are some tips for keeping your faith and maintaining a sense of control in your life and destiny:
1. Define your values. Write down what is important to you, what you believe is important and the standards by which you want to live your life. By establishing your personal standard, you will give yourself a guidebook to follow. While you cannot control what goes on in the world, you can control how you behave, react and the standards by which YOU deal with others. This will also enable you to feel that you are living life the way you feel it should be lived regardless of what is happening around you.
2. If you are religious – no matter the degree – embrace the practices and traditions. For thousands of years, people have found comfort and guidance by being around those with similar religious beliefs and customs. Knowing that other before you lived fulfilling and successful lives by embracing these ideals will help carry you forward.
3. Find your spirituality. Spirituality does not necessarily have anything to do with religion. Spirituality is a belief in a greater power and about embracing the universe. Understanding that there is this force larger than all of us can offer a sense of security and calm.
4. Meditate. Meditation is perhaps one of the greatest forms of self-reflection and sources of strength. Even if only a few minutes a day, take the time to shut down the outside world and just be one with yourself. You will be surprised at how much benefit you get from this and the balance it will provide.
5. Make exercise a part of your regular routine. Getting some sort of physical exercise, be it going to the gym or taking long walks, will go a long way in helping keep not only your body, but also your mind, in check.
6. Do nice things for other people. Helping others is inherently one of the best ways to help yourself. If you have the time, volunteer at a local organization that provides support to those less fortunate. As you progress throughout each time, find both small and big ways to help others. It could be as simple as complementing someone on how they look or holding the door open for an elderly person. Each day brings us so many opportunities to be a good person; seize those opportunities and you will find great personal gain from doing so.
However you decide to keep the faith is up to you. It’s important for each of us to believe in something and to see all the good the world has to offer. We are each the captains of our respective ships and can decide how we navigate this world and where we will go. So stand tall, steer your ship and most of all, keep the faith.
*Please note that not all experiences, beliefs and ideas are shared by each member of “The New Hollywood
Lisa Haisha, M.A., teaches women, men, and couples how to “show up” in their own lives personally, professionally, and passionately with her fearless expression in all media as a globally sought-after life counselor. For more info on her teaching and Soul Blazing workshops visit Lisa Haisha.