If I did not have ________.

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Over pad thai with a friend, a question arouse: how would you be different, how would your life be different, if you did not have your faith? 

This question provides perspective not only on faith, but on many aspects of life including friends, careers, hobbies, and dreams. Often aspects of our life that “feel” important or key in a visceral way, are revealed as being of little import in our day to day lives while the importance of other, seemingly background activities, are highlighted as key components making up the essence of who we are.

Reflecting on this question not only reveals the aspects of our life that are important, but once this revelation occurs, also allows us to make changes, to reprioritize and redefine ourselves. Are the things we want to be important to the essence of our being the most impactful on our person? Or is the essence of our being comprised of immaterial pursuits and distractions?

A week after our pad thai, we revisited the question with new answers, and more importantly, new questions. 

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