20 Ways To Restore Faith When Everything Goes Wrong

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Sometimes I wish the mother ship would land and take me home. I look in the sky. Where is the ship, with the beautiful aliens. The ones I belong with. Why did they leave me here on this pathetic planet. Did they really want me to grow old and die here?

In the past 15 years I was probably suicidal on at least three different occasions. How would I kill myself? Who knows. I googled it. It’s hard to actually find a technique that works. Try googling “I want to die”. You’ll  just end up back on this blog. Which won’t tell you how to die. Because there is no good technique. Trust me.

But all of those moments had several things in common.

I couldn’t take the pain. I didn’t want to die. I wanted the pain to die. I had gone from a high to a low (being constantly at a low doesn’t do it. You have to go from a high to a low to experience the sense of loss) and when I thought the only way my kids would be happy is if they were able to cash in my life insurance policy. That’s how screwed up I was.

And, the irony is, it’s at exactly these moments that its hardest to have “faith”.

We all have moments when it seems like everything is going wrong. It’s unavoidable. A relationship turns sour. A job is lost. A business goes down in flames. You are robbed. You feel lonely. And so on. The list of possible calamities that are in store for us simply because we are human is awesome and overwhelming.

When I had my first kid I was very sad about this. I looked at this tiny baby and all I could think about was, “how will I protect her when she’s feeling alone”. “how will I protect her when she’s rejected”. “How will I protect her when the things she thinks she’s most in control of go horribly astray.”

There’s no answer. I can’t protect her.

No matter what you do right now, things might totally suck. Its that enormous leap between your lowest moments and the moments that you think will make you happy that faith is required.

When things are already at the best, that leap is tiny or non-existent. So you don’t need any faith at those moments. Or faith is too easy.

It’s precisely when things are at their worst that you need “faith” the most. I put it in quotes because we still haven’t defined it.

Here are some kinds of faith.

  1. Faith in God. In other words, a higher power that if you pay attention to in some way (prayer, gratitude, humility, ethical behavior, etc) then rewards are waiting for you.
  2. Faith in a creative power within you. Your subconscious. The idea being that you put in the work, you do whatever you can in the time you have, and then you say, “Ok, I’ve done it all. Now you have to do something.” In other words, you give up. To yourself, to God, to the universe, whatever.
  3. Faith in destiny. For instance, if you’ve always succeeded before doing a certain formula (for instance, for me, “the daily practice” I recommend) and things are down now, knowing that if I just apply that formula then once again things will go well.
  4. Other kinds of faith. Faith in Jesus, faith in Buddha, or the Tao, or Yoga, or a spiritual guide, or a higher power, all fit into the above faiths.

The benefits of all of these faiths is that they relieve stress. Hard work and anxiety suffers from the law of diminishing returns. Being anxious about something 20 hours a day probably won’t do much more for you than being anxious about it for 1 hour a day. Working for 10 straight hours probably won’t accomplish more than working for 3 super-productive hours.

(when I was studying last year in India (next to the above woman), the teacher, Sharath, said: rich, poor, happy, sad – do your practice)

 

One time I was seeing a therapist. He said, “what can I do to help you. What can relieve your stress.”

I said, “the only thing that will relieve my stress right now is if you immediately give me a million dollars.”

That, of course, didn’t happen. I had to develop other methods for relieving stress. In fact, I became an expert at having faith at the critical moments only because I had so many of them.

So here’s what you should try to do regardless of whatever faith you subscribe to. The key is to work hard but to also cultivate a feeling of surrender. You need to give the universe space to do its thing  for you. There’s evidence that working hard for 90 minutes is about all we can do if we want to be at peak productivity. Then taking a break.

(trust me: this doesn’t solve your problems. but it does solve your money problems)

Faith is in the breaks.

When things are bad do this:

A)    Work hard for 90 minute stretches. Avoid any distractions.

B)    Take breaks

C)    In the breaks do one or more of the following:

D)    Exercise until you sweat. This has been shown to relieve stress and anxiety and act as an anti-depressant.

E)     Write down ideas for how you can solve your issues. If you need to generate income, start brainstorming. You might have very bad ideas at first. But eventually the ideas will be good. It took me about a month of writing down ideas every day before I started coming up with decent ideas. Within six months of writing down ideas every day and following the other ideas in the daily practice my life was changed completely. In fact, my life now is completely different every six months.

F)     Send three emails to people you are grateful for. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t spoken to them in ten years

G)    Go to your inbox, find an email from 2007, reply to it. That works wonders at reestablishing contact with people.

H)     Go swimming. Just get up and go swimming somewhere. Exercise and keeping yourself from drowning will distract you.

I)       Go to a museum. During the financial crisis of 2008 I was really feeling bad. I was long stocks, I was going through a divorce, things were at their worst for me. I spent lunchtime without my computer or phone. I would go to a museum and hang out in the bookstore/café and read books about artists. This had my brain going in a completely different  direction than the anxieties of staring at the market.

J)       Draw. Similar to above. .Sometimes in 2009 when I was going through a deal that wasn’t working out, Claudia and I would take out water colors and paint. It was  fun and again had my brain going in a different direction.

K)    Pretend. In 2008, I described another situation where I reached out of myself and made contact with people by pretending to be a psychic. I don’t recommend this. But sometimes pretending to be something you aren’t can bring up to the surface a part of yourself you didn’t know existed. That person might be a fun person to get to know. You don’t know everything about yourself. Give other parts a chance to come out and play.

L)     Meditate. I don’t always recommend this. It’s really hard to meditate when things are at their worst. Meditation involves 30 minutesof sitting still and watching your thoughts. But your thoughts could be too overwhelming. Instead of doing 30 minutes every day how about trying 60 seconds here and there throughout the day. Try “The Power of Negative Thinking” to train your mind.

M)   Reread, “I Surrender”. Surrendering is the key. Is there a higher power? Who knows? But I do know that you can’t control everything. There’s a saying, “infinite patience produces immediate results”. Slipping into patience mode, even when your neck is right there on the guilliotine, can provide you with some respite despite the axe that is bearing down on you.

N)    Help someone else. For instance, if someone else needs work, introduce him to someone who can hire him. If someone needs some information, find the info and give it to him. This sort of activity compounds in value. Until you’ve helped so many people that there is a world of people waiting to help you when you are down. Trust me, having that net waiting for you when you jump out of the burning building will be a lifesaver. I’ve used that net many times. I’m surprised there’s not a hole in it at this point accept for the fact that I keep strengthening it by helping people every day.

O)    Be a superhero. This goes along with the above. But do it anonymously. Help someone where you completely expect nothing back, like a superhero does – strong, anonymous, and with mysterious powers. I don’t know why it works, but the returns on this are ten to one.

P)     Think of your heroes. It’s amazing when you read the biographies of the greats. They all had their trials they had to survive. I regularly post about people I admire and what they’ve been through and how they’ve survived it. Here are a few: Louis Armstrong. Dorothea Lange. Buddha. Bukowski. And so on.

Q)    Watch something funny. Watching a movie like “Superbad” won’t necessarily bring you faith but will snap you out of the thoughts that are clogging your head. Laughter has a cleansing effect and is also known to cure many toxic illnesses, mental and physical (and emotional and spiritual).

R)    Finally, doing some form, even miniscule, of what I call “The Daily Practice”, has always helped me to restore my faith, my life, my money, my happiness (or at least, my contentment). If that post I link is too harsh I provide many modifications and ideas of how to moderate the practice in my book, “I Was Blind But Now I See”.

S)    Promise.  I said “finally” above but I have two more things. You can spend fifteen minutes promising yourself over and over again, “I will put one foot in front of the other”. Tell yourself who needs you to do that (children, friends, family, etc). Promise it again. And again. And then call someone else and promise them. Build your support group with these promises.

T)     Most important: When you have money, love, contentment, this is not when you have succeeded. These are the results. The trumpets are not blowing now. You’re sleeping and you don’t care. MOST IMPORTANT: the trumpets are blowing when you are at your lows and you take that next step forward. That is success. That is love of life. That is creativity and spirit and God.

When you are at the lowest, you are closest to God, to your faith, to a higher power, to an inner you. To whatever you want to call it. Nobody cares what you call it. This is your moment to shine, to show how much you’ve learned, to show how much you are able to succeed. There are no other moments as powerful. Please don’t waste them.

Note, this topic came from the following question asked during my Twitter Q&A this past Thursday. I do a Q&A ever Thursday from 3:30 – 4:30 EST. You can follow me on Twitter here.

lclemensonclemenson lionel asked:
@jaltucher How do you keep faith when everything goes wrong ?

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  • http://www.pointsandfigures.com pointsnfigures

    Great article.  I have gone from an absolute high to the depths a couple of times in my life.  Can’t talk about it right now, but the depths are so dark they are impenetrable. 

  • Christian Jakubowicz

    Thanks James. You lifted my spirits this morning, now I make some money today and feel good about it. I’d love to actually chat with you sometime.

  • http://twitter.com/8020Financial Adam


    There are no other moments as powerful.’ So true. 
    Thank you yet again James.

  • http://736hundred.tumblr.com/ 736hundred

    Is today Thursday?  I hardly noticed
    There’s this funny thing inside of us that is always there. It “knows” the right things to do regarding almost everything. But for whatever reasons we (speaking for myself mostly) do not do what we know will make us better. That’s my problem. 

    Your list is awesome!  At some point, a person has to make what we know a priority over how we feel.
    ______
    I still believe your advice would work well as a deck of cards – look to The Four Agreements deck as an example.  You could fine tune different decks for specific topics and/or situations – Oh and even better, you could also make the deck double as true playing cards.  That way if someone got an Altucher Deck as a gift they could always use it to play poker, if they didn’t feel like reading the advice.
    :)

  • Anonymous

    Ah, better post today. Like this one.

  • Spyros from Greece

    Nice post!

    btw, since I have an Ad-blocker on and can’t support you this way, I decided to by your book “I Was Blind But Now I See”.

    Keep blogging plz!

  • http://blog.jimgrey.net/ Jim

    Brilliant post!

  • Anjani145

    James ! Decent post ! But it comes across as a summation of most of your posts. We are insulated to pain now.Humor us for a change. Please write something outrageously funny.

  • http://www.preemptiveplacebo.com Preemptive Placebo

    Lumping the different types of faiths together is a bit troublesome.   

    Faith in yourself is entirely empowering. 
    All the others – Faith in God, destiny, Jesus, Buddha, yoga, or any other higher power – can frequently be more disempowering than empowering. 

    Granted, they all have the potential to get us through those moments when everything goes wrong.  But the higher powers have the added downside of opening us to exploitation, induced passivity and myths from the bronze-age, among other things. 

    We like to encourage the idea that regardless of our beliefs we can all fit under the same tent.  And frequently we can.  Good people often try to extend the tent flaps by highlighting our commonalities over our differences.  We’ve got to be careful in doing so. 

    There’s a whole lot of baggage that comes into the tent when we pull together those different types of faith – and most of that baggage undermines the single most important faith – faith in ourselves. 

    • http://twitter.com/praxguy Daniel Maldonado

      I’d disagree that placing faith in God is disempowering. It only is to those who attach their experience with the faultiness of religion or religious people that see it as such. Besides that, there is no real validity to that claim, it is much more of an opinion than it is a fact. 

      • http://www.preemptiveplacebo.com Preemptive Placebo

        Yes, it is true that faith in God is not ALWAYS disempowering.  Faith can be used as a tool.  But it rarely is used in this way. More often than not it makes us believe we are not in control of situations where we actually have a hand in the outcome….

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lydBPm2KRaU

        • http://twitter.com/praxguy Daniel Maldonado

          There is certainly truth to that. In my own faith, Christianity, there is a common misconception about how God operates in our lives. Christianity is about hope, which invokes us (as it is supposed to) as Christians to approach the world as if we were bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to earth. That means helping those in need and living with the power of that call to live life. 

          There is no hope in the idea of pure nothingness at the end of this journey. Christianity brings that hope, not just of some spiritual place after you die, but as a real place that has been inaugurated with Jesus’ resurrection. Of course, to the non-believer, it is non-sense. But, the hope it invokes is empowering at least. For me, I know it’s true, which makes it all the more empowering. 

          • http://www.preemptiveplacebo.com Preemptive Placebo

            As you say, there is a common misconception in your faith.  Trouble is, that misconception is reality for most believers.  Their belief reinforces the idea that removing their hands from the steering wheel is the ideal solution when they hit a patch of black ice on the road. 

            I think we can agree, it is not.  I think we can also agree that they are diminished by this belief. 

            James talks about doing everything you can, then having faith in X, Y or Z. 

            The Catch 22 lies in the fact that many of those who have higher-power-faiths often use their beliefs as an excuse to NOT do everything they can.  

            They use it as an excuse to throw their hands in the air and implore Jesus to take the wheel. 

          • Neil Fixyourplace

            I don’t ask Him to take the wheel (He’s already driving ’cause He owns the transportation) I ask Him to let me recognize where we are going so I don’t slow Him down. (Like I could) I want to go where He takes me without resenting the destination. My experience tells me my sense of direction isn’t too good when I try to drive.

          • http://www.preemptiveplacebo.com Preemptive Placebo

            Then why try?

          • Daniel Maldonado

            I realize that this was a conversation a year ago (I just figured out that I get alerts from Disquis).

            The last question is a very important and fundamental question having to do with Divine Providence and God’s foreknowledge.

            There are many Catholic philosophers like Peter Kreeft or even St. Thomas Aquinas who deal with it if you’re interested.

          • Drac464

            Why are you so argumentative? She’s not talking about a car.. Our bodies belong to God. We certainly use our bodies as a vehicle in this world. We did not create ourselves or the vehicle that God had provided us with. A car is a piece of metal and steering the wheel is an analogy.

          • Drac464

            Well said!!

          • Drac464

            You are lumping many ppl into your thought process. There are many branches and practices in Christianity. I personally believe with prayer, comes responsibility. My biggest problem with non believers is they lump ppl of a religion together as if we don’t go to various churches or have the ability to be free thinkers while still serving an awesome God.

          • Lefty

            There is a scripture that says faith without works is dead. As a Christian, I believe you have to plant the seed and water it and let God do the rest, simply put, but that’s what “Most” christian believe. We do not worry if the sun will rise or set there is certainly things we can’t control.

    • its a ride

      absolutely. and your handle is appropriate, too. placebos are tactical maneuvers. and all too often, Pyrrhic. this or that battle is mistaken for the war, and tactic slips into the role of strategy (which it isn’t & can never be). pragmatism & ultra short time preferences feed on themselves, compound. look around, now and past – the rhymes just keep coming.

  • Anonymous

    Some of the posters are critical.  I could never write for an audience of editors supplying approval or dissection of what I just wrote.  I suspect they have a case of the crankies today, as do I.  As does “he.”  Here is a copy of what “he” and “me” just said: (warning:  It’s inane, but I have to offset the heavy deep thinking in the post)
    He: 1:19 pm
        I am having bad bad brain fog today
    Me: 1:19 pm
        Black and Tan fog?
        I’m in a generally bad mood today
    He: 1:20 pm
        No – I can’t concentrate on anything
        I can’t think straight
    Me: 1:20 pm
        But take heart – these moods do not have to last for all day.  They can turn around.  So can your brain fog.  You can clear it.
    He: 1:20 pm
        It requires coffee with proper additives. [He’s angry that someone used up all the cream in the office coffee station]
    Me: 1:21 pm
        When everything is off-kilter, it means you are worried about something and/or you are putting off things you need to do.  Here’s the Rx for you:  Go out and take a break.  Go to a decent coffee place.  Buy yourself a nice coffee with whatever you want in it.  Come back to the office with your coffee and I guarantee your day will turn around.
    Me: 1:22 pm
        You can go to any old stupid deli or just a Royal Farms or something.  But make it a tall coffee and fix it just the way you like.  You deserve it.

    Exercise is a really good recommendation I gleaned from the post.  Someone is nagging me about that as I type.  I am going to go outside and do that right now while the sun shines and before the ice and snow arrives.  Look, coffee and exercise are simplistic but sometimes simple is what works.  Sometimes you need to get outside of your brain and get your brain outside.

  • Anonymous

    The Blessing: think, believe, speak, act, and be.  Thanks for the blessing, James.
    sametooyastayinit

  • Anonymous

    I confess, I actually really need to read this post today.  Synchronicity?

    “Faith in God. In other words, a higher power that if
    you pay attention to in some way (prayer, gratitude, humility, ethical
    behavior, etc) then rewards are waiting for you.”

    The question is…. hindsight 20/20… why is it often we (ie. I) did not realize or not see the rewards that is already given to us???

    Thanks James.

  • Janet

    Please forgive me if this is out of place, but I am concerned….I respect James and the people who adhere to his principles…..do you guys think this is real:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=kFHcOw9INj4#! 

    • http://jamesaltucher.com James Altucher

      Definitely not, Janet. That video was created by a person who psychologically thrives off of creating in fear in others. Ignore it.

  • Dianainsac

    I’m feeling pretty low right now.

  • http://www.TheAcsMan.com/ TheAcsMan

    Judgment: Flawed or Impaired? looks at pain. Good pain, bad pain and why pain is necessary.

    Kidney stones, stocks, Percocet and Netflix. It all makes sense, especially after the Percocets.

  • http://managebetternow.com/ Manage Better Now

    I am going to go reply to an email from 2007 right now. Just thinking about doing it makes me happier.

  • cowboylogic

    Dear Rabbi,
    You can tie your horse to this post.

  • Trying

    Thank you, I am in the black. Trying not to be. Trying real effing hard, hopefully tomorrow will be better.

  • http://www.thebasispoint.com/ The Basis Point

    Needed this. 2012 very bumpy so far. Thank you James. 

  • I can’t resist

    No good way to end your life?  Hah!  Drink the Republican Kool-Aid.  You’ll be a brain-dead, soulless zombie, lickity split!

    • http://Www.brookefarmer.com/ Brooke Farmer

      I don’t think this comment could be any more irrelevant.

    • Peter Connor

      Go away.

  • Ssumathe

    Nice article James… Really feeling its helpful to get motiveted in our low…

  • Guest

    im in pain .. reason uknown … 

  • http://www.dinosaurtrader.com dinosaurtrader

    Caption goldmine: “Rich, poor, happy, sad, do your practice.”

    Thanks, that about sums it up.

    -DT

  • Joe Singer

    “for the loser now /will be later to win”  –  Times they are changin – Bob Dylan.

  • http://twitter.com/praxguy Daniel Maldonado

    Reading Job in the Bible does well to relate to those in low places right now. 

  • Anon

    I can’t thank you enough for this post. I’ve been going through some what’s-the-point-of-living stuff lately, and the only thing that kept me from real thoughts of ending it is knowing it would ruin the lives of my wonderful husband, dad, and brother. Your point S. put that in such a positive way–those people need me to keep putting one foot in front of the other, and it gives me a real sense of purpose to know I can do that for them. It helps to know that even though I don’t have children, there are still people in the world who depend on me in some way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=732244537 Priscilla Paredes Wood

    Altucher, this post is just plain brilliant, you are such an inspiration to me (I’m sure to others too) Jamespiration!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=732244537 Priscilla Paredes Wood

      I just realize that sounds more like perspiration, oh well, you get the point. :)

      • JT

        you look good in this picture : )

        • http://www.PriscillaPWood.com/ PriscillaPWood.com

          Sweet! I was trying hard to look straight ahead. :)

  • http://dissertation-service.co.uk/ dissertation writing uk

    thank you very much for such a great post!

  • http://twitter.com/davelucas Dave Lucas

    Distilling your excellent post into two words: DO SOMETHING!

  • TimTom

    I really enjoyed this post. I lost my job on January 3rd and am in the process of determining my next step. Years ago, having lost a brother and my mother within a two year period, I felt like I was in a deep hole from which I would never had imagined I could emerge. Learning to live again has been a long journey, but has taught me resilience. I like the idea of helping others even when you yourself may be at a low point. What goes around really does come around.

  • Vlad Bedolla

    Thanks for the post James. Love and faith.

  • Socrates

    Least painful methods…     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentobarbital     http://vimeo.com/11334172     http://www.exitinternational.net     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMeatlCujB4″It’s a matter of style in the face of no chance at all.”–Bukowski

  • Scott Cowie

    I spent Christmas this year with a noose tied up in the basement with the option of hanging myself and sparing my adversary the trouble of bringing me to a violent and frightfully painful death on New Years eve. As I considered my life and the faults I’d made and so on and how my demise would usher in the promised paradise the world had been groaning for (as I was led to believe that since I was the epitome of all that was vile and deplorable in mankind my demise would bring in the kingdom i.e ding dong the witch is dead…) I reasoned that if this was true, that even if I would not personally enjoy the paradise to come. the correct moral choice would be to get out of the way and let everyone else get on with it.

    My sister talked me out of it feeling that it was the cowardly option and her and my mother sent me a ticket to meet my inevitable doom at the hands of my adversaries on New Years. I got off the plane to meet the gauntlet expecting to see the local chapter and assorted muscle and met my Mom instead.

    Having expected a bullet in the head for the past twenty five years  or so only to miraculously survive it and go on to make a peace pact with Israel and then rebuild the Temple yada yada yada the prospect of getting dummied in the parking lot instead was I’ll admit strangely appealing. Needless to say my nemisis was just yanking my chain and instead we all just had a great visit.

    I may have learned a couple of things. one is if I’m so bad why do I worry about moral choices in these situations and desire to do the right thing ? And what kind of a guy am I to get on a plane and go off to face a death like that ? I may eat chicken but I am not what I eat obviously. Also I really need to stop thinking God is talking to me over the radio or at least recognize when he’s pulling my chain.

  • http://smart-tutor-tips.com/ RagTagRebel

    “When you are at the lowest, you are closest to God, to your faith, to a
    higher power, to an inner you. To whatever you want to call it. Nobody
    cares what you call it. This is your moment to shine, to show how much
    you’ve learned, to show how much you are able to succeed. There are no
    other moments as powerful. Please don’t waste them.”

    That reminds me of his first and second story in his speech here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6Z6KLc

  • Anonymous

    Thank you James!

  • http://marn-foundlife.blogspot.com/ standswithagist

    “Sit in sadness as if it were a chair.” Perhaps the best way to relieve stress is to not try to relieve it (perhaps this is just true for me): I try so hard to “fix” my feelings that I end up becoming exhausted and sinking into anhedonia. Not only is it the space between highs and lows that is painful – unrelenting no-pleasure has its own sting.

    So how does one find the will/energy to DO things to make one’s self feel better when one’s simple joy in BEING is gone?

  • Bob

    perhaps you should ask if anyone has done the daily practise and ask them to share their experiences with it and then put it in a blog post….that would be convincing 

  • Entreprenuer et al

    I am constantly amazed of the content one finds when you are not looking for it! This post nails it……. for a minute…… some time ago…I actually thought of how my Life insurance probably would provide for my two kids and loving, supportive and beautiful wife. I’ll be back for more…..

  • SpecialK77

     Great story for you about letter G (Last email in your Inbox).  Just happened today.

    I took your advice to contact the last person on my email list, well maybe third from the bottom but you get the idea.

    I wrote just to see how things were.  He writes back letting me know how things are but also asks what I am doing with the companies payout (we both worked at a company 8 years ago).

    Turns out the company was sold recently and the notice about it was sent to my old house’s address.  I never got.

    If I would not have written him and him not tell me about it I would have missed out on a 10s of thousand dollar sale of my options which were deep in the money.

    Isn’t life awesome.

    • matt

      Wow if thats true tuat is a miricle I mean just friggin amazing lol what are the odds of tuat I kean if u had picked a different person to email u never would have know, idk if ur spiritual or religious or a none belive , but im spiritual and I respect everyones belifs even if they believe nothing but to me thats god blessing you or your guardian Angel whispered in ur ear so u would chose it or even a fallen friend or family member who is with u always and saw ur problems and stood next to u while u read this page and helped u to pick that person I believe everything happens for a reason think about all the small events that allowed u to be blessed with the money if u hadent read this page or hadent been feeling down or had problems you never ever would have know tuat is just amazing and inspirational if it is all true you should spread your story it may seem small to u but if you spread it out to the world someone else even if just one person will read it and gain faith or belive because of you and see that life does smile upon us and everything happens for a reason if u can remember you should write down everything that lead you to why and how u meet this site and how u chose the person and everything up to you gettin your money by doing it you could spread the power of ur blessing and bkess someone whos hurting or confused or done with life just a thought god bless thanks for sharing your story

  • decredico

    fuck faith

    actual knowledge trumps faith

    • its a ride

       optimism is a cognitive bias…faith is optimism on steroids……

  • @chocanilla

    U just saved my life @chocanilla. twitter

  • brokenheart81

    Since 1981, birth I have seen all kinds of problems. Troubled childhood, no money, bad career, betrayed love and still counting why this is happening to me???

    • Drac464

      Sometimes the first half of your life is messed up so u can appreciate the good when it comes your way.

  • ritu

    great and very inspirational ………….

  • nerdinhell

    Thanks a lot for this post. It helps a lot during trying periods. I had a great academic career. My graduation and post graduation colleges are best in my country. I had a hefty paying job offer. I rejected that job and went on to do something different. Now, I am jobless with lots of loan. My relationships have gone awry. I have been diagnosed with major digestive system problems. My friends and family who were used to listen to my achievements are bored of giving condolences to me. Sometimes I feel extremely lonely and try to live in my bright past. But I know that I have to somehow live through and overcome this crisis. Your blog provides me further inspiration and nice tips. I am surely going to follow some.

  • Mak

    This is a absolutely great article .I was so low thinking of so many problems in my life but this post has instilled hope in me. I especially liked the idea of helping others .I will try to do this as much as possible.Once again Thanks a lot

  • chitchcock

    changed my life!!!

  • Hussien John

    my name is Hussein from USA, i want to use this opportunity to thank a great spell caster who helped me to bring back my ex lover after she has end up the relationship for four years now. naturally i don’t believe in any spell caster,cus there are a lot of scams but i run to him as directed by a friend of mine,when i told him he helped me and in two days my ex is back to me and it was real and i was really surprised…. for the solution to your problem in your relationship, u can kindly contact him at this email address:Apolovespelltemple@gmail.com

  • matt

    Im so tired all my friends die and more and more closer together the last 2 my friend cole left where we partyed rolled at 120 and was ejected and died on impact 2 days ago my friend Vanessa wrecked running a fence post thru her chest sadly her baby girl was hit by the fence post as well shes in icu or dead idk I dont even wanna find out but me I never die ive wrecked 4 times in the last 2 yrs and 10 or more times since gettin my license im 25 friday I just don’t know why good ppl have to die when im a piece of shit and I come out of wrecks without a scratch and im not suicidal ive put my 45 im my mouth 100s of thousands of times and beg god to let me pull the trigger but I cant im just ao tired and broken for past 10yra ive done every drug there is hoping one will taie the pain Away forever ive quit all the drugs and im still like I was before and now im enlisting so I can go to Afghanistan so I can die a man its my only reason for joinning anymore I just sleep because dreams are more real than life and its like a sick joke I feel perfect when I dream life is great I feel emotion and feel love and feel good and I awake to a grey world where I feel nothing even food has lost its taste the only time I feel good is when I punch the gass and it gets past 120 and it breaks lose in a turn or a deer runs in the road or a car pulls out in front of me and for that split second when my mind thinks itts gonna die for that split second im alive

  • Bish

    BIsh
    I would like to share my story with you all please have a look and give me some suggection.iam 37 years old male,I used to have a decent job,my family was fine,I had a beautiful home and started business 2 year ago,Since i started business everythink gone bad in my life,problem with my family,finance crises,my health,family health,after so many things happened i couldn’t look my business so well,i decide to sale my home and i Did to pay my loan,when I invest so much money for business,day by day there was lost so i decide to sale that property as well which is very very cheap prize because theres not so good price in the market,Now heres iam lost everythink and so much stres in my life how can i become like before,the way I ws happy,everythink was so nice please give me some suggection or advise,how can i earn some money to take care my family and how i will be able to buld my finance situation on track in certain time,I will be grateful to hear from you all thank you so much for reading my story.

  • Lefty

    Just reading this makes me feel so much better.Thank you. oh and the fact that you even pondered how to protect your daughter shows you’re a great father! my father doesn’t care about the idiosyncrasies of my life. I’ll leave it at that.

  • effbacon

    Good thing I wasn’t drinking coffee:

    Try googling “I want to die”. You’ll just end up back on this blog.

    I burst out laughing after that. Thanks for the article, I have been at a low point for a few yrs and appreciate the ongoing suggestions – in your frank and honest tone.

  • https://twitter.com/jazztizz Niki Flow

    Well done.

  • smith

    I AM BELA i want to give thanks and i will always give thanks to DR.utimate who brought back my love that has left me for 6years within 48hours, i have said about this last week but i promised to always tell people about this every week end so that those that did not read about it last week will read about it this week, i have been looking for how to get this boy back to my life because i love this boy with the whole of my heart, i could not replace him with any body,one day i was watching my television when i saw a lady giving thanks to DR.utimate and telling the world how he helped her i was so shocked i could not believe it because i never taught that there are powers that can bring back lost love, then that was how i decided to contact him too because i do really need my love back,when i contacted him i told him everything and he told me not to worry that my love will surely be back to my arms within 48hours at first i could not believe because i was thinking how could somebody that has gone for 6years come back within 48 hours,so then i decided to watch and see,unbelievable within the next 48hours i got a call from unknown number so i decided to pick the call the next thing i could hear was my loves voice he was pleading and begging me on the phone that i should forgive him that i should forget all that have happened that he did not know what came over him,he promised not to leave for any reason, that he was really sorry for what he did,i was so surprised because i never believed that this could happen,so that was how i accepted his apology and the next morning he came to my house and still pleading for me to forgive him i told him that everything is okay that i have forgiven him, that was how we started again and now we are married, i promised to say this testimony in radio station, commenting this testimony is still okay but before this month runs out i promise to say this in radio station and i will,sir thank you very much.World please am begging you people to try and thank this man for me,or if you need his help here is his email address:utimatespellhome@gmail.com

  • Narol Denison

    I want to use this medium to tell the world about Doctor Jatto who helped me in getting my lover back with his powerful spell, my ex and i where having misunderstanding which led to our breakup though i went to beg her several times to please forgive and accept me back because i know i offended her but each time i went i always feel more deeply in pain and agony because she always walk out on me and would not want to listen to what i have to tell but on i faithful day as i was browsing i came arose a testimony of a woman whose problem was more than mine and yet Doctor Jatto helped her with his spell so i was happy and also contacted Doctor Jatto for help via email and then told him my story but the only thing he said was that i will wipe you tear with my spell so lucky for me everything want well just as he promised and right now i have got my fiance back and we are both living happily. there is nothing Doctor Jatto can not do with is spell and just as promise my self i will keep testifying on the internet of how Doctor Jatto helped me.Are your problem greater that mine or less i give you 100%guarantee that Doctor Jatto will put an end to it with his powerful spell, contact Doctor Jatto for help Via email drjattosplltemple@gmail.com

  • J…somebody..

    I’m glad I found your article/blog. I’ve been trying to look around for ideas/ examples of people who continue on even though they have lost the ability to have faith so I can learn from their experience. Unfortunately, almost every article is along the lines of ‘God will get you through.. just hand on a little longer.. etc’ when, um, if you truly lost the ability to have faith, how can you believe in a God? If they used God, etc, to get through, makes me feel like all they know about is just having a bad day. If you still believe in something (anything) you cant touch, control, or prove, you still have faith and you dont know what it is to truly lose all faith.
    I’m afraid to talk to most people because my loss of faith has a very solid logic behind it (esp when bolstered by recent life experiences) and faith is a very valuable thing to have if you have been able to hold on to it (*believe me* i know). I’m genuinely afraid of the possibility of causing others to doubt or lose their faith. I’d rather have at least some alternatives/ options to the place I am in myself before I am willing to engage others in conversation.
    I’m glad to have found your article. You have given me some other ways to look for things to try to recreate the ability to have faith. I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog.

  • joan nie

    I want to use this medium to tell the world about Doctor Jatto who helped me in getting my lover back with his powerful spell, my ex and i where having misunderstanding which led to our breakup though i went to beg her several times to please forgive and accept me back because i know i offended her but each time i went i always feel more deeply in pain and agony because she always walk out on me and would not want to listen to what i have to tell but on i faithful day as i was browsing i came arose a testimony of a woman whose problem was more than mine and yet Doctor Jatto helped her with his spell so i was happy and also contacted Doctor Jatto for help via email and then told him my story but the only thing he said was that i will wipe you tear with my spell so lucky for me everything want well just as he promised and right now i have got my fiance back and we are both living happily. there is nothing Doctor Jatto can not do with is spell and just as promise my self i will keep testifying on the internet of how Doctor Jatto helped me.Are your problem greater that mine or less i give you 100% guarantee that Doctor Jatto will put an end to it with his powerful spell, contact Doctor Jatto for help Via email drjattosplltemple@gmail.com

  • yecenia caban

    I cannot thank you enough. my ex called me and wanted to see me. I agreed to see him the next day. He said he had been thinking about me and would like us to get back together. On the 4th day after contacting you, he told me he broke up with the other woman and has told her that he and I are back together. He has not yet asked me to marry him, but so far, is great. I am a firm believer and I am forever thankful for your help. I am sure you will be hearing from me again. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart. For those who are heart broken you can be happy like me by contacting him kizzekpespells@outlook.com

  • http://enchantedscents.tripod.com/lovespell/ Sandra Marie Gault

    At last my happiness has been restored by a Man named Dr oyinbo,, my name’s are miss KIRSTEN I want every one on this site or forum to join me thank this DR oyinbo for what he just did for me and my kids. my story goes like this I was married to my husband for 5 years we were living happily together for this years and not until he traveled to Italy for a business trip where he met this prostitute who be witched he to hate me and the kids and love her only so when my husband came back from the trip he said he does not want to see me and my kids again so he drove us out of the house and he was now going to Italy for to see that other woman. so I and my kids were now so frustrated and I was just staying with my mum and I was not be treating good because my mama got married to another man when my after my daddy death so the man she got married to was not treating I and my kids well so I was so confuse and I was searching for a way to get my husband back to me and my kids so one day as I was browsing on my computer I saw a testimony about this MAN DR oyinbo of prophetoyinbojesus@yahoo.com shared on the internet by a lady and it impress me too so I also think of give it a try at first a was scared by when I think of what me and my kids are passing through so I contact him and he told me to stay calm for just two days that my husband shall be restored to me and to my best surprise I received a call from my husband on the second day asking after the kids and I called Dr oyinbo and he said your problems are solved my child so this was how I get my family back after a long stress of brake up by an evil lady so with all this help from DR oyinbo of prophetoyinbojesus@yahoo.com I want you all on this forum to join me to say a huge thanks to DR oyinbo and I will also advice for any one in such or similar problems or any kind of problems should also contact him for help.

  • Justin

    I have just read through the beginning. What if you don’t have a high? Or any high you might have had was 15 years ago? I do just want to die. I have nothing to offer. Why suffer for nothing? I’ve fucked up a GREAT opportunity to be great. I’ve had it easy and I couldn’t do shit. I don’t deserve to breathe the air,

  • GreatOne

    Thanks for this – it helped :)

  • William James

    Thank you for your article! It touches my heart deeply because I have recently went through something similar case .About 3 years ago my husband left me and 2 of our kids for 3years to another woman. During this years of our separation I was so broken, so I finally went to a friend of mine who directed me to a spell caster Dr. Oduduwa (dr.oduduwasamuelhightemple@gmail.com) who helps me in reunite my family and then i felt peace and whole love again. 3 days After the casting of the love spell, My Ex-husband called me on phone and apologized to me. so I obeyed and we started dating and hanging out as a family with the kids again, Dr. Oduduwa has restored our marriage in a way I have NEVER expected, but I’m truly Thankful!

    Contact Dr. Oduduwa today on: dr.oduduwasamuelhightemple@gmail.com
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  • Kid

    Great Article. Big ups. Really helped me understand that the lowest points in our lives are really opportunities in disguise.

  • Roland Jane

    HOW I GOT MY HUSBAND BACK!!! i want to say a very big thanks and appreciation to Dr. peter for bringing back my husband who left me and the kids for almost two months. i am very much grateful to Dr. peter I pray God almighty give you the strength and wisdom to help more people having similar problem like mine. for help you can reach him on his email address: ayokospellcaster@gmail.com he is very powerful and can solve any kind of problems below.

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  • Roland Jane

    Hello,i am From United Kingdom. I wish to share my testimonies with the general public about what this man called Dr Marko has just done for me , this man has just brought back my lost Ex husband to me with his great spell, I was married to this man called Christofar we were together for a long time and we loved our self’s but when I was unable to give him a child for 2 years he left me and told me he can’t continue anymore then I was now looking for ways to get him back until a friend of mine told me about this man and gave his contact email(templeofsuccessandlove@gmail.com) then you won’t believe this, when I contacted this man on my problems he prepared this spell cast. and bring my lost husband back, and after a month I miss my monthly period and i go for a test and the result stated am pregnant. am happy today am a mother of a baby girl, thank you once again the great DR Morko for what you have done for me, if you are out there passing through any of this problems listed below: you can contact him via Email; templeofsuccessandlove@gmail.com

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  • Bida Stacey

    HOW MY EX LOVER CAME BACK WITH TEARS BEGGING FOR MARRIAGE

    Am Bida Stacey by name My ex-boyfriend dumped me 6 months ago after I accused him of seeing someone else and insulting him. I want him back in my life but he refuse to have any contact with me.I was so confuse and don’t know what to do,
    a friend of mine introduce me to the Dr Harrison by giving me his email, i never believed until
    I contact him and explain my problem to him and he cast a spell for me and assure me of 3 days that my ex will return
    to me and to my greatest surprise the third day my ex came knocking on my door and beg for forgiveness. for more information contact me on bidastacey@gmail.com I am so happy that my love is back again and not only that,we got MARRIED.all thanks to Dr Harrison. (seeing is believing) just put him to test and see his mighty power. If you have a similar problem please contact him on SACREDSPELLTEMPLE@HOTMAIL.COM

  • Bida Stacey

    HOW MY EX LOVER CAME BACK WITH TEARS BEGGING FOR MARRIAGE

    Am Bida Stacey by name My ex-boyfriend dumped me 6 months ago after I accused him of seeing someone else and insulting him. I want him back in my life but he refuse to have any contact with me.I was so confuse and don’t know what to do,
    a friend of mine introduce me to the Dr Harrison by giving me his email, i never believed until
    I contact him and explain my problem to him and he cast a spell for me and assure me of 3 days that my ex will return
    to me and to my greatest surprise the third day my ex came knocking on my door and beg for forgiveness. for more information contact me on bidastacey@gmail.com I am so happy that my love is back again and not only that,we got MARRIED.all thanks to Dr Harrison. (seeing is believing) just put him to test and see his mighty power. If you have a similar problem please contact him on SACREDSPELLTEMPLE@HOTMAIL.COM.

  • Bida Stacey

    HOW MY EX LOVER CAME BACK WITH TEARS BEGGING FOR MARRIAGE

    Am Bida Stacey by name My ex-boyfriend dumped me 6 months ago after I accused him of seeing someone else and insulting him. I want him back in my life but he refuse to have any contact with me.I was so confuse and don’t know what to do,
    a friend of mine introduce me to the Dr Harrison by giving me his email, i never believed until
    I contact him and explain my problem to him and he cast a spell for me and assure me of 3 days that my ex will return
    to me and to my greatest surprise the third day my ex came knocking on my door and beg for forgiveness. for more information contact me on bidastacey@gmail.com I am so happy that my love is back again and not only that,we got MARRIED.all thanks to Dr Harrison. (seeing is believing) just put him to test and see his mighty power. If you have a similar problem please contact him on SACREDSPELLTEMPLE@HOTMAIL.COM,

  • patricia frontes

    i want to give thanks to great Dr. Ogun Solomon, for what he has done for me, my husband left me for another woman for no reason, i try all i can to get him back, but nothing show up until i found the great love spell caster called Dr. Solomon Ogun, i contacted him and told him what i am paassing through, he asked of my details which i sent to him, later on he told me that there will be some love and return spell materials which will be needed by his oracle to cast the love spell on him and once this is provided, he will use it immediately and my husband is going to run back to me, i provided the money to him and have full confidence and faith in him, after three days my husband came back to me, he kneel down before me and beg with tears and asked for forgiveness, i forgive him and now we are now both living together, no problem no more fight, and we are now full happily settled down i am so happy today that dr has done it again in my life. i am dropping Dr informations if you also that is reading or listening to this testimony of mine if you wish to contact him also so that he can help you also out, his email is GREATSOLOMONALTER@OUTLOOK.COM AND OGUNLOVESPELLTEMPLE@GMAIL.COM from MRS Patricia Frontes here is my email PATRICIAFRONTES@GMAIL.COM if you have any question to ask freely and contact me also