I am reading a book from the library I looked up the author Eldon Taylor on Google. I often do that to see what their qualifications are. Eldon Taylor had an impressive list of qualifications that made me want to read his book called “I Believe.”
The book is sprinkled with quotes, one from Francis Bacon is fitting, ” It is not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong; not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich; it is not what we read but what we remember that makes us learn; and not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity.
Integrity and a whole list of other words are suggested in the book as admirable qualities worth acquiring. The book has thought provoking ideas. His religious philosophy was not clear till I read further.
He gives examples of how parents promise their children things, then do not keep their promise if the child is naughty. He goes on to explain, when he makes a promise to his son he always stresses that the promise is subject to his son being good. This clause was understood to be part of all the promises made to his son.
This made me think, religion requires us to make promises we often cannot keep. We break them when we believe our partner has been naughty or not lived up to our expectations. The biggest percentages of marriages, these days, end in separations and divorce. This brings our attention to not making promises lightly.
I learned a lot from this book to really appreciate it, there were things mentioned I needed to look up on the iPad. I no longer hurry through books, greatly devouring the contents. I savour them like a meal; they do me more good that way. The journey is important, because of what we learn, by the ‘way’.
After reading this book my thoughts were of the ‘Way’ or the ‘Path’. To quote Lao Tzu “The Tao that can be described is not the real Tao.”
What is our purpose in life? Is it to do our best to improve towards enlightenment? There are many paths to the summit of the mountain. We cannot be sure we are on the right path till we get there.