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My Spiritual Journey through Life

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The stress and strain of life's obstacles sometimes take us off course. Rivers have always seemed to play a major role in religion. The bible says Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist at the Jordan river, and as Jesus prayed, the Heavens opened. In the Hindu religion they believe in seven sacred rivers; the Hindus believe bathing in the Ganges river will cleanse them of their sins. I felt it was essential to illustrate a stable boat in my river of spirituality drawing. I believe our spiritual journey leads most of us on an array of river paths. Some rivers have clear skies with rocks along the way; other streams supply jagged lightning. My grandmother used to say to me, “Isaiah, your life is going to flash before your eyes.” I was close to my grandmother throughout my childhood. At the age of eight my teacher instructed me to write a story about my favorite person, I remember the project requirements like it was yesterday. I went to the stationery store with my grandmother and she purchased red construction paper. I had the entire weekend to create the story; it was a difficult decision for me to make, it was the first time I ever had to choose among my family members. I weighed the pros and cons of memories I had with all of my relatives and it narrowed down to my grandmother. I created a two column layout, I drew my grandmother and myself on the left side and I wrote the story on the right side. On Monday morning I woke up one hour earlier than I normally do. I was excited to present my story to my classmates. My teacher liked the story, although a few of my classmates did not understand why I did not choose my mother instead. I did not have an answer for them, I was too young to understand the type of relationship I h... ... middle of paper ... ...tice is to open our eyes and simply look around.” (Bender, 1997, p. 120) . I believe Sue Bender realized how simple it was to acknowledge the existence of God in the same way I did: by simply analyzing what we have and being grateful for it. At the age of seventeen I began to lead my life without regretting my past mistakes. I also began to appreciate all of the blessings that were given to me throughout my life. My new positive attitude allowed me to officially reach spiritual fulfillment. As the song goes by Jimmy Cliff, “ I can see clearly now the rain is gone.” My journey was clear to me, before I reached adulthood; I controlled the weather forecast of my life, I did not need a meteorologist. I understood I may always face rocks, eddies and waterfalls along the way but I have the ability to survive those events and continue to row toward sunny weather.
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