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Learning the Hard Way

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Christine Stead Dwayne Hackett English 1110 January 31, 2005 Learning the Hard Way We live our lives working in order to achieve peace within ourselves, a sense of accomplishment and happiness. The experiences and relationships that we develop along the way help to make us who we are. Weather they are good or bad, we like to believe that knowledge is gained from the people we meet and the decisions made. I have heard it said that it is suppose to be the journey that is truly important in our lives, not the destination. My journey really begins in the summer of 2003, when I met a man named Rev. Bob Rowland. For me it was the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. Before that I had, much like many other people, made some bad decisions. ...read more.


I was a complete stranger to Rev. Rowland's and I realize that, being a man of the cloth, he may have felt a certain obligation to speak with me. But, he did more than that, he listened without prejudice and answered the many questions that I had for him. He said that I needed to forgive myself and that the first thing I had to do was to confess everything I ever did wrong. Although I had tears running down my face, at that point, I started to laugh, because the thought of confessing my sins seemed like the impossible task. Now I'm not saying that I murdered anyone, but you have to keep in mind that I had never attended church before, confession wasn't something I had ever had to deal with. So after 23 years, there were a few skeletons in my closet. ...read more.


It is a state of mind that provides people with faith, hope and sometimes, the possibilities of something better. When things go wrong in someone's life there's no such thing as an atheist. It's a nice thought, that maybe, an omniscient being was looking out for me that day, and lead me to his doorstep. Today, I can say that I am at peace with myself, and although I am not going to church, I am doing my research on all sorts of different religions in an attempt to discover truth. Weather or not I will ever find it is another question, but I feel that I am on the right path. Life will continue to throw curve balls and I will make bad decisions, but maybe if we stop trying to control everything around us then we may be able to find that answers aren't necessary and the happiness we all long for is right in front of us. Just a thought from a hopeful realist. ?? ?? ?? ?? 2 ...read more.

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