Obviously I know I’ve got Parkinson’s. But I don’t believe in it. You tend to believe in things that you don’t have or cannot grasp. Things that are intangible. You need faith, in other words, to keep believing. I believe in the child that we lost – I can never hold her again, but I still believe in her. I believe in God, but I can’t reach out and touch Him either. You need that belief in your child and in the children that you canhold. Better still: they need me to believe in them. I think that aspect’s slightly different when it comes to faith in God…but I’m not sure.
Belief helps you grow
I also believe in talent. Otherwise where would we all be? You have to believe at least a little in your own or someone else’s talent. That’s how that talent grows. I mean: if nobody believed in your writing talent, your sporting talent, your maternal talent, then you might be compelled to look for another. It helps enormously if you believe in someone or something. Your child, your husband, your friend, your family. And they’ll grow from it. Your work, your blogs, your sport, your listening ear, your hands. They go better too if you believe in them.
According to my fav book, Van Dale Dictionary, faith means “to have complete trust in the truth of something or someone.” According to my almost 52 years of life experience, it also requires that you do something for it. A little faith in isolation is not enough.
They turn Parkinson’s into a sort of religion
I now know a fair few people with Parkinson’s from around the world. I arguably know more people with than without Parkinson’s. So, I need to be careful that I don’t start thinking the entire world revolves around Parkinson’s. I’ve read a fair few stories from people with Parkinson’s who do think that. They turn it into a sort of religion. Believe in it. And that’s dangerous.
Mercy is a typical feature of the average faith. Faith and mercy are never far apart. Not even when it comes to faith in your talent, someone or something. You’re merciful when it comes to slip ups or mistakes for example. If you’re completely absorbed in your (your) Parkinson’s, if you believe in it, then you run two risks. The first is that you make it bigger with all that attention you give it and (!) that you demand. The second is that you’re faced with a merciless religion. Parkinson’s knows no mercy. Mercy must unfortunately come from within. Mercy for yourself. Which goes hand in hand with belief in yourself, someone or something.
I don’t believe in Parkinson’s. You?