Monday, March 26, 2012

Challenged Beliefs

We go along believing something is true, because that’s all that we know and it’s all that we have experienced.  It could be any belief; who we are based on what we’re told, who we trust based on who we love, or an authority that we don’t question because well…..they are the authority.  Then one day, something is said or something happens that challenges everything.  This happens to Emily, in Pages in the Wind, when someone challenges her belief about who she is. 

After I shut the door, I remember sitting on the couch and something felt different.  It was as though someone had snapped a rubber band on my bare arm.  It was a momentary jolt, but the unexpected shock put a voice in my head that challenged everything that I thought was true up to that point.  I was too young to understand what it meant, so it lingered as tweak of uncertainty about the way I saw my life.  I didn’t realize it at the time, but it questioned the way that I looked at my father.

This is an important challenge for Emily, and most effective because the challenge comes from outside her immediate circle.  I wonder if you have had your beliefs challenged and what that meant to you.