Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Resilience Continued continued part 3; Develop Personal Meaning
Personal Meaning is defined as the morality, integrity, spirituality and life meaning. To develop personal meaning it is recommended you question your old beliefs, foster altruism, engage in social activism and to discard activities that are not consistent with your personal values.
Questioning old beliefs has been cleansing for me --- when I was six I never questioned if there was a Santa Claus. I actually hung onto this belief so strongly I was devastated when my mother finally told me there was no Santa Claus after she overheard me strongly supporting my belief to another friend. When I married my husband, I questioned the Catholic church's all knowing endorsement of male leadership. Most lately my belief of heaven and hell as being specific places that people who die go to. I knew this wasn't quite right but could never let go of the heaven/hell locales until Robin Meyers provided me with another perspective. This perspective has come at a time when disregarding old beliefs has been consistent with my personal values (ie there is no way all the Muslims who die are in hell).
I want to have the courage to act from my heart and compassion to keep my heart open.
Thoughts on altruism Patrick?