This I Believe

I believe in music; that it imitates life and expresses human emotion. I believe in comfort foods, singing in the shower, Ben & Jerry’s Half-Baked ice cream, and the Golden Rule. I believe my parents have taught my my most important lessons; I appreciate these more and more as I get older. I believe in smelly cheese, sunscreen, birthday cake, and keeping a journal. I believe in the sufficiency of chance, the inescapability of time, and the interconnectedness of all things. I believe your friends keep you young, that real magic is love, that art is the truest form of self-expression, and that knowing you made a mistake you can’t go back and fix is one of the worst possible feelings. I believe in having dreams but not dwelling on them. I believe in painted toenails, childhood nostaliga, rubber ducks and red convertibles, and eating breakfast for dinner. I believe in happiness; that it lies somewhere inside all of us, and we will all find it if we look hard enough. I believe in snow days and summer vacations, cracking the sugar on creme brulee, Old Hollywood movie stars, and making others happy. I believe that people must learn to be more trusting of each other. I believe that wisdom comes with years of experience, that it takes faith to overcome great obstacles, and that I can find at least one thing that I like about every person. I believe in jumping in puddles, especially the muddy ones. I believe in feather pillows and down comforters, curly hair and geese flying in a V, real pearls and real silver, and the color red. I believe that once you’ve loved someone, you never really stop. I believe that quality education is the basis for achieving your goals. I believe in the powers of prayer, going outside your comfort zone, slow dancing, and rainy Sunday afternoons spent in a warm bed with hot chocolate and a good book. I believe in the loyalty of a dog; that no matter how long you have been gone, he will always be glad to see you. I believe in iced tea and lemonade, coral reefs and worn-in jeans, marshmallows roasted on a campfire, New Year’s Day and home-cooked meals, singing into your hairbrush, the smell of a new car, and giving 100%. I believe that being honest is the best thing a person can do; whether that honesty is to another person or to oneself, it is always the best policy. I believe in alarm clocks and snooze buttons. I believe that having fun has much to do with your attitude, that God will always lead me down the right path, that a person’s eyes really are like windows to the soul, and that our children’s imagination and creativity have been lost to TV. I believe in black and white photographs and oil paint, high heels, cooperation and selective hearing, successes and failures, and the company of strangers. I believe in having stuffed animals, even when you’re an adult. I believe that men and women will never fully understand each other, that you don’t have to attend every argument you’re invited to, and that money isn’t everything, but it sure helps. I believe in speaking your mind, but not yelling. I believe in Andy Griffith and tan lines, snowmen and icicles, swimming holes and tailgate parties, picket fences and good neighbors, lace and new shoes, birds sitting on telephone wires and the squirrel that makes it across the road. I believe in the heart of America and the strong spirits of those who really understand what it’s all about; I believe there are very, very few of these people left, who truly understand this and respect it. I believe in thank-you notes, line-dried sheets and naming stars, fanning yourself with a church bulletin, and warm cookies straight from the oven with a cold glass of milk. I believe your imperfections are what make you beautiful. I believe in freckles, scars, and birthmarks. I believe that winter is a lesson in patience until it’s time for spring again. I believe in good manners and counting your blessings, sleeping in late and taking naps, backyard camping and drive-in movies, knitting and hot tea, and looking for shapes in the clouds. I believe in planning for the future but being open to changing those plans. I believe background and circumstance may determine who we are now, but we are responsible for who we become next. I believe that a mother can heal all boo-boos, that thongs are the epitome of sacrificing comfort for fashion, and that some birds are not meant to be caged; their feathers are just too bright. I believe in Mr. Rogers and Sesame Street, putting flannel sheets on your bed in the winter, a summer day spent in a hammock, running through fields of wildflowers, jumping in piles of leaves, Charlie Brown and 42, and falling asleep to the sound of thunder in the distance and rain on the windowpane. I believe that nothing lasts forever, and that all people are intelligent in one way or another, but some are too ignorant to do anything with it. I believe in the Wild West and tall tales. I believe that small dogs are a waste of lap space, that people are too quick to judge, and that the opposite of love is not hate, but indifference. I believe in meditation, balance, and traveling everywhere. I believe that the most important thing I believe in is myself. I believe that my life’s gonna see the love I give returned to me.


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