If you were once religious then I am sure that you used to pray and ask for god's guidance and help when it came to facing sth serious or hard ... like taking an exam or finding a job and so on.You used to relate all your success and failures to god and you always found an explanation or excuse for god when you didn't make it ... maybe most of us became atheists and refrained religion because of this , because our lives were meaningless... as if we had no power or will in taking decisions .We were lazy and we didn't finish our work because we believed that god would be there and finish the work for us .
Now , as an atheist , you are facing life and problems with a diffrent perspective . You are stronger without god because you know that no one up there is going to help you , so you perfect and finish what you do . When you talk , you are more decisive and stronger and when you act you wait for results. When you fail , you try to find an explanation , but this time you find a reasonable one and you know where the problem really lies .
Congratulations , you have your life back.
Thanks for sharing Shanna ,
I am really happy for you ; it's really good to realize that self esteem got nothig to do with religion . I remeber being told that those who don't abide by the teachings of religion are unhappy and misrable !! Now I know that religious people are the most miserables . Sometimes I laugh at their backs '' I know it'ss mean but I can't stop it' .
humans will exprience periods of stress wethere theyr religious or not . I think that what made man to invent religion is stress , among other ''unexplicable'' things .
Don't bother about religious people , if they are not willig to understand then leave them and enjoy your life . That's what I do ;I don't care about them and haven't even told anyone that I am atheist .
who cares !
First, it made me a more responsible person. The idea of not having anyone to "forgive" me except myself, made me more aware of the fact that my actions and possibly their effects are irreversible. The moral standards shifted focus from "what god would approve" to "what I would be proud to do".
Second, I now keep my perspective, kind-of analogous to keeping my eye on the road when driving. I don't waste time or energy thinking about how/whether god is going to help me, or asking for that help. In any situation I take inventory of all the resources I have, take stock of the situation for what it is, and logically decide on the best course of action.
Third, I can deal with failure much better. When I did believe in karma, failure indirectly indicated that I somehow deserved that failure, so there's something wrong in me. Now, I know karma is just wishful thinking, and it is all about survival of the fittest. So when I fail, I just get back up and think about what to do next, instead of pondering over the failure itself and feeling bad about it.
Yes, a god-less mind is much stronger than one filled with vain beliefs.
Thanks Jiharbs for sharing ,
when you said '' flooded with clarity'' , you remainded of myself when I first knew I became atheist ... that clarity came with some kind of relief I had never experienced when I was religious ... it was like getting rid of a heavy burden ...
The problem with religion is that it makes you believe that without religion you can never enjoy a peaceful anf stressless life while the truth is that religion is the source of all troubles .