The other terror that scares us from self-trust is our consistency; a reverence for our past act or word, because the eyes of others have no other data for computing our orbit than our past acts, and we are loath to disappoint them. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Emerson says: “Always do what you are afraid to do.” What is ‘too scary’ to write about? Try doing it now.
I can think of a few things that are “too scary” to write about as I sit here on the down side of a sugar high induced from eating too much cookie dough but I will stick with religion for today.
I say religion and I probably mean faith. I quit going to church when I was in junior high. As my mom says, I stopped outside the church door one day and said, “I am not going back in there with all those people waving their hands in the air.” As a single mom, she had to pick her battles.
I started going back sometime after I turned thirty. A friend of mine invited me to go to her Lutheran church (thanks Jill!). As I come from good Norwegian and German stock and Martin Luther and his church were a part of my grandparents and my mom’s upbringing, I decided to go. Perhaps I waxed nostalgic for some sort of a connection to my roots.
Whatever the case may be, I now live in South Carolina, a part of the “bible belt.” David and I go to a non-denominational church and yep, there are a few people who wave their hands in the air. A bit more mature at this point in my life I now have a greater appreciation for the different ways that people express themselves during Sunday worship. But as for me, I still keep my hands in my pockets.
Ok. I did it. I wrote about religion. Maybe tomorrow I can write about politics.