There's a free little library "on a stick" on Lyndale Ave in Uptown where I've found a few treasures over the years. I usually check it on my way to eat lunch at French Meadow. Their parking situation is terrible. So, I park a block down on a side street and we walk a bit, passing by this little free library on the way. On my most recent visit, I found an old book called "This I Believe:" It's the "personal philosophies of one hundred thoughtful men and women" written for and with a foreword by Edward R. Murrow with a copyright date of 1952.
These essays are interesting reads, and it made me think about what I believe and wonder if others think about this and could articulate these beliefs if asked do so. I think it's important for a person to think on these things and be ready to answer this question. One never knows when one might be called upon to stand up for this cause or that right, and in this case, one must know whether he or she believes in this principle or that tenet.
This is what I believe:
I believe in the good of the world and its people. I believe that when depraved ugliness rears its terrible head the good in people will shine through, helping strangers and fighting injustice and wrong in any way possible, simply because that is the right thing to do. There will always be evil in the world, but over and over good has prevailed.
I suppose this means I believe in eternal optimism.
I believe in prayer…not grandstanding, loud, long, dramatic prayer, but talking to God all day long kind of prayer. Sometimes it's a quick whispered prayer and sometimes a deep, earnest prayer, but always with a fully faithful and trusting heart.
I believe in second chances.
I believe in following my heart and my gut.
I believe in advocating for myself, for my family, for my community, for anyone who needs an advocate.
I believe life is hard and rough and heartbreaking, but I also believe that life is beautiful and fun and inspiring and full of opportunities.
I believe that we MUST stand up for what is right and good.
I believe that life is a full contact sport. If you're just a spectator, you're missing out.
I believe that walks through the woods and along beaches are the best therapy for staying sane in this fast-paced, hectic life.
I believe in lifelong learning and finding the best education possible, in and out of a classroom, and refusing to settle for a "fine" education for my kids.
I believe there is hate and fear and evil and ugliness and hunger and poverty and hurt in this world, but I also believe that each of us, individually and collectively, can change this by opening our hearts and arms and minds to the possibilities and offering love and peace and shelter and food and jobs and solutions.
I believe things will get better….year after year…I believe this.
I believe in travel and exploration.
I believe in loving others even when we don't understand their beliefs, their lifestyles and their choices. This does not mean we must compromise our own beliefs, but it won't hurt to simply be kind and show them love.
I believe in the power of chocolate and the magic of coffee.
I believe in growing old together and that the best is yet to come.
I believe in mercy.
I believe music is an essential ingredient to living.
I believe in God.
I believe in never giving up on dreams.
I believe in the love of and for a pet.
I believe in quiet solitude.
I believe a walk with a friend is the best medicine for loneliness, a bad attitude and the need for a rant session.
I believe in a mother's love.
I believe in being silly and lots of laughing.
What do you believe? Over and out…