Saturday, September 19, 2009

I Believe

A few days ago, Mrs. E wrote about an assignment she gives her students, about what they believe. I was inspired to write my own belief list, & print it out to hang in my office. Its now friday night, but it may take me the weekend to write this. Or, I spill it all out in one shot, we'll see how it goes.

I believe in family, in the importance of trying eveything possible to keep a family together, instead of giving up during the period between the end of "falling in love" and the beginning of mature loving as you grow love.

I believe all parents have an innate desire to do what's best for their children, but sometimes get mislead onto the wrong path.

I believe in second chances, and in the ability to change oneself for the better, and sometimes, for the worse.

I believe in one day at a time, or, sometimes, one hour or even one minute at a time.

I believe that a desire to learn is crucial to success.

I believe that men indeed are from Mars, and that some jobs are better suited to men as some are better suited to women, but that we need each other to make an equal balance of yin and yang.

I believe that there is a higher power or presence out there somewhere, and that when we die our spirit lives on in that presence.

I believe that all people have good in them, some just try to keep it locked up and hidden.

I believe the only true miracle is the miracle of conception & birth.

I believe that I could live without electricity without being bored.

I believe that every person has the right to choose his own beliefs, but not the right to try to push those beliefs onto others.


  1. Oh you've said it so beautiful. I love your beliefs. Did a great job here my friend.
    Hugs from me to you.

  2. this is a really great idea ...i think it is an affirming exercise

  3. I'm especially struck by the idea of living without electricity without being bored. What an interesting idea for contemplation...already I feel at peace.

  4. This is a wonderful list, Joyce. You've covered a lot of territory with this exercise, one I think everyone should do. That means me:).

    Living without electricity really is fun...the cabin my grandparents had when I was growing up had no electricity or running water. We spent summers there and I still have wonderful memories of cuddling by the fire in the morning, Dad wrapping us in blankets. Bringing water from the lake and boiling it. And the soft glow of the kerosene lamp as we played cards at night. Never a boring moment. Of course - would the adult-me like it as much as the child-me did? I love black-outs, if that's any indication:).

  5. THis is beautiful, Joyce. It reminds me of an NPR series called "This I Believe." I'm thinking we should all write one of these.