There’s No Way We Invented God

The past few days, so many of my conversations have focused on how there must be a higher power directing it all, or life would just not make sense.

I’m not getting all religious and Bible-thumping on you, don’t worry. It all started with a Saturday afternoon cuddle with my boys, watching “Through the Wormhole” with Morgan Freeman. Subject: Did we invent God?

My eldest: “I don’t believe in God.”

Me: “Ok. So you think people created the world? People are in charge?”

Frustrated sigh. Eldest: “No. I just don’t believe in God.”

We didn’t venture that far into it because he was having a hard time articulating his thoughts. No biggie; he’s 11.

But then I had client meetings and client calls and friend conversations and revelations, and all of them focused on how there has to be some other power/force/director moving the puppet strings. The way things align, the way things work out, the way all the best planning and work and effort and hoping and praying and twisting hands furiously out of frustration eventually leads to success.

We can’t be in charge. But I read years ago, during my more religious life, the notion that, yes, God will provide, but only if we do our part. Exactly our part – not a huge amount more and certainly not becoming lazy and doing far less than needed or expected.

The notion that if we do exactly what we need to do, if we put our best effort forth for the work in front of us, we will be fine.

I don’t know if it’s God, the Lord, a particular deity or what, but there has to be something more than us. Think about it: we used to insist the world was flat. Then we realized it was round. It happens every day – we think we know everything and then we realize there was more to know.

We know as much as we know. That is our blessing and it is our curse.

In the public relations and writing work that I do, I focus on doing the best I can, to the best of my ability. And really, I focus on serving others – how can I help? How can I contribute value? How can I be creative and comforting and offer support and guidance?

When I do that, when I ignore the what-ifs or worries that creep into the corners, everything works out just dandy.

That’s being in the moment, being here, right now. It’s really all we’ve got. So if we’re focusing on yesterday or tomorrow, we’re really in deep trouble.

Today: I am in a quiet house and it’s raining outside. I am packing and preparing for the ASJA conference in New York, where I’ll present a panel on So You Want to be a Publicist.

Just finished my coffee. Plan to read a bit. Play tennis. Pack. Make dinner. Ferry the kids to talent show rehearsal, dance, showers and bed. Extra cuddles because I’ll be gone for a few days.

That’s all. That’s the best I can do. That’s the to-do list for today.

It’s all we’ve got. Do it well.

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