I Believe

“The act of writing is the act of discovering what you believe.”

–David Hare

Start with the phrase, “I believe,” and then complete the sentence. “I believe in magic.” “I believe it’s more important to have a clean house than it is to eat vegetables for dinner.” Then use, “I believe,” again, for the start of the second sentence. And the third. And the fourth. Repeat until you have nothing more to say. Don’t think or plan—just write. If you do this exercise well, some of the things you believe should surprise you.

Comments

  1. jo says

    I believe cookies are the best thing ever.
    I believe writing can save your life.
    I believe you are never too old for a best friend.
    I believe my parents are very glad I’m not in their lives – I was a reminder of everything they wish they could be, honest, vulnerable, kind.
    I believe my four brothers are some of the best men on the planet.
    I believe God is in us and outside of us at every moment of every day.
    I believe sex is a sacred way to communicate what words cannot say.
    I believe listening to the rain is a panacea for the soul.
    I believe my dead grandmother watches over me.
    I believe I am a writer who has something important to say.
    I believe in that mixing different kinds of cereal in a bowl is a perfect breakfast.
    I believe in love as a power that is always greater than evil.
    I believe evil can teach us things that love cannot.
    I believe love, in all of its manifestations, reminds of us who we really are, in all our heart-breaking beautiful, gorgeous potential.
    I believe in myself most of the time.
    I believe tomatoes are vegetables, not fruit. I look at a tomato and see a sandwich, not a dessert.
    I believe giggling is freeing.
    I believe time is a living contradiction — how can it go both fast and slow? And yet it does.
    I believe that stringing letters together to form words, sentences, paragraphs and then books has the power to transform a person’s life – for the writer and the reader.

    • Laura Davis says

      Jo, I love the range of your answer–it travels through so many areas of life. I’m so glad you included giggling!

    • says

      Jo,
      I believe that your list is a very insightful list. I am glad that you included your grandmother watching over you. I often feel my grandmother and my mother watching over me as I work in my garden, so I can relate.

      Thank you for sharing.

    • says

      Dear Jo,

      This is beautiful!!! My favorite part, because it describes me as well:

      “I believe God is in us and outside of us at every moment of every day.
      I believe sex is a sacred way to communicate what words cannot say.
      I believe listening to the rain is a panacea for the soul.
      I believe my dead grandmother watches over me.”

    • Adrienne Drake says

      Your line “I believe evil can teach us things that love cannot,” gave me pause. I think you are right but I had never thought about evil quite like that. Perhaps it is evil itself that teaches us best how to love, and teaches us compassion for others. ( BTW, I am glad your brother’s are such good guys.)

    • Andrea says

      Dear Jo,

      I truly enjoyed your list. Something that really hit a nerve was your comment,
      “I believe writing can save your life.” I agree with that. I never realized until just now while reading your list that writing did save mine. I journaled as a teenager not knowing that’s what I was doing. That writing helped me through the dark times of my youth. So, thank you for helping me to see that.

      Thoughtfully,
      Andrea

    • says

      Jo,

      I really loved your list. I think the one that I loved the most: I believe you’re never too old for a best friend. I believe that, too!

  2. says

    I believe there is a GOD
    I believe in love
    I believe there’s more to life than we know
    I believe Grandchildren & Great Grandchildren can prolong life
    I believe pets are life giving spirits
    I believe it takes years to grow up
    I believe we give so much that sometimes it’s hard to receive
    I believe flowers and music bring hope
    I believe in miracles
    I believe friends sustain us
    I believe a positive attitude adds years to life
    I believe sometimes we’re our own worst enemy
    I believe sunshine makes me have a happier day
    I believe I’ve finally learned to say no
    I believe I am in control of what I eat
    I believe there’s more to believe in

    • Laura Davis says

      Fran, this reflects so much of who you are–and who you’ve shown yourself to be. I love your consistent presence and voice on this blog.

    • jo says

      Hi Fran – I love your last line in particular – “I believe there’s more to believe in.” We never stop learning what we really believe in which is one of the many wonderful things about life.

    • says

      Dear Fran, I loved reading this. Your words put a smile on my face today. My favorite part, and it was hard to choose:

      “I believe we give so much that sometimes it’s hard to receive
      I believe flowers and music bring hope
      I believe in miracles
      I believe friends sustain us
      I believe a positive attitude adds years to life
      I believe sometimes we’re our own worst enemy”

    • Adrienne Drake says

      It feels to me that your beliefs have helped you to let go and go with the flow of life. I especially loved how you have learned to say, no, even to food!!

    • says

      Fran, thank you for your list. It really made me think. I loved, “I believe flowers and music bring hope.” I feel that whenever I look at a flower and hear a song. Thank you.

  3. says

    I believe when I fall in love with you, it will be forever.
    I believe that cheesy songs can announce themselves in your head at any time, and then it is difficult to extricate them from consciousness.
    I believe that writing is important.
    I believe that morning hours are precious.
    I believe that you can get lost in a book.
    I believe that reading is essential.
    I believe that mornings need to start with coffee.
    I believe that change can happen.
    I believe that sounds feel more important in the morning.
    I believe that you can create a whole story when you hear a car go down the road.

    • Laura Davis says

      Wendy, I loved this. Was particularly intrigued by, “I believe that sounds feel more important in the morning.” I’d love to know more about that!

      And the inventing the story about the car driving down the road–just by the sounds. That’s the sign of a real writer!

    • says

      Wendy,
      I believe you are a morning person. lol

      I also agree with your last statement: “I believe that you can create a whole story when you hear a car go down the road.” I have done it many times.

      Thank you for sharing your list.

    • jo says

      Hi Wendy – I loved this line – “I believe that sounds feel more important in the morning.” Your line inspires me to pay attention to what I hear when I wake up tomorrow morning!

    • MaryL says

      Wendy, I love your last line …. about writing a story. I just love to do this; actually, I can’t help myself. I see a child without a hat on in the winter, and I can fill in the rest of the family, reasons for the missing hat, and a cup of cocoa at the end.. does everyone feel this way? Thanks for that nudge! MaryL

    • says

      Dear Wendy, This was so fun to read! I especially like this part, and have the same beliefs about these things:

      “I believe that writing is important.
      I believe that morning hours are precious.
      I believe that you can get lost in a book.
      I believe that reading is essential.
      I believe that mornings need to start with coffee.”

    • Adrienne Drake says

      Wendy, I love the simplicity with which you express so many ideas and evoke so much of my imagination. I think that is what good writing is all about, don’t you?

    • beverly Boyd says

      Hi Wendy,
      LOL you are right. “Cheesy songs can announce themselves in your head at any time…” Sometimes they drive me crazy!

  4. says

    I believe that early morning light is absolutely beautiful and awakens my senses.
    I believe that my children are precious.
    I believe that friendship is sacred, even when neglected
    I believe that Art and children are my answers
    I believe that I still don’t know why I’m here
    I believe that the loss of a loved one is an indescribable horror
    I believe that pets are the very best
    I believe that music is a part of my very soul and needed for survival
    I believe that my wedding ring is the most beautiful and love to see in on my hand
    I believe I need a manicure
    I believe that housework wont kill you , but better not take a chance
    I believe that our lives are a gift from God and that what we do with them is our gift back
    I believe our world is in trouble – and our country
    I believe that we can never escape lonely
    I believe diets are the pits
    I believe flowers are our teachers
    I believe there is something good in everyone, judgments may keep us from seeing it.
    I believe Christmas is magical, religiously and commercially
    I believe in God, art, love, pain & fear, wind through pine trees, brooks that truly babble, the sound of hummingbirds on the wing.
    I believe that I have a talent somewhere deep inside, clawing to escape
    I believe in tons more …. but……….
    I believe that I need to go get my drivers license before I get stopped again.

    • Laura Davis says

      Jaqui, thanks for this. I especially loved, “I believe that housework won’t kill you, but better not take a chance.” I get it!

    • says

      Jaqui,
      Good to see you back! Your impish sense of humor is showing through your serious “I believe’s”. Love it all.

      Thank you for sharing.

    • jo says

      Hi Jacqui – This line – “I believe that housework wont kill you , but better not take a chance.” made me laugh out loud! Thanks for the laugh in the middle of a busy day.

    • MaryL says

      Jacqui: Thanks so much. I love your lines: “I believe that my wedding ring is the most beautiful and love to see in on my hand… I believe I need a manicure.” This weaving together of the sublime and the mundane is what makes life so intriguing …. and lovely! MaryL

    • says

      Dear Jacqui, Hello! I so enjoyed reading your list of “I believe. . .” and this is my favorite part:

      “I believe in God, art, love, pain & fear, wind through pine trees, brooks that truly babble, the sound of hummingbirds on the wing.
      I believe that I have a talent somewhere deep inside, clawing to escape”

      This is so beautiful to read.

    • Adrienne Drake says

      I never thought about Christmas’ commercialism being magical. I will try to take a step back and see it that way this year.

    • says

      Jacqui, I love the idea of being given gifts from God, and our gift is giving back. I really like that idea. Thank you. I love the way you ended your piece and the humor throughout.

  5. Paula Hill says

    -I believe I’m here to learn the truth of finding “heaven” on earth.
    -I believe each struggle and gift is a step in learning the comfort of being my unique self.
    -I believe enough of us will reawaken to Mother Earth and break away from the thinking and habits that are interwoven into our daily lives that are harming her.
    -I believe in the human spirit’s creative abilities for bringing in a way of life based on a paradigm shift that leads away from the decimation of limited resources, away from technology that poisons and pollutes, and away from tolerating dysfunctional behaviors of entitlement by some of our most wealthy, our political leaderships, and as well, in ourselves.
    -I believe in the trust I hold for my husband, my family, and my friends for the love that cycles through me.
    -I believe in choosing growth based on my own inner truth as my way of empowerment.
    -I believe in the beneficence of insight and guidance through shamanistic journeying and meditation.
    -I believe in plants and the powerful partnership we have with them for not only the oxygen they give us, but for their healing capabilities, and aesthetic beauty that gifts our very souls.
    -I believe in the power of gratitude……

    • jo says

      Hi Paula – This line really resonated with me – “I believe each struggle and gift is a step in learning the comfort of being my unique self.” I totally agree – we learn who we really are via both the struggles and gifts in our lives.

    • says

      Dear Paula,

      Thank you! My spirituality focuses on our Mother Earth and her many manifestations through the planet and all its creatures, including us. I was happy to see this here, and loved reading all the inspiring ways you believe.

    • Adrienne Drake says

      “I believe in the beneficence of insight and guidance through shamanistic journeying and meditation.”

      It would be so interesting to hear more about this part of your life’s journey, Paula.

  6. says

    I believe that you can’t change people. I believe that people can change if they want to. I believe that there’s more than enough food, money, and resources so that nobody has to go starving in the world, we just need to be willing to know what enough is personally and redistribute resources evenly.

    I believe one of the most important things that you can do is to listen; listen to yourself first and listen to other living things; to your beloved, to your children, to your community. To listen especially to those you might normally close your ears to. I believe it’s good to listen to the trees and the grass and the bees and to hear what’s happening in the air around us…to stand in the moment and totally take the living in.

    I believe that we have way more power than we give ourselves credit for. I believe that brushing and flossing ones teeth regularly can be a subversive and revolutionary act of personal transformation and self-determination. I believe that love of all things can change the world. I believe we can simply decide to do this.

    I believe that the time and space continuum is not quite what we’ve been lead to believe in this mechanistic, computerized, information age. This era where we created the nanosecond and began to measure time linearly.

    I believe that it’s useful; very useful on a regular basis every week, perhaps every day to question what you believe and decide if you still believe it to be true. I believe that what we believe so passionately and fiercely can be proved wrong at any second and those are the times when I often feel most alive.

    • says

      Gayle,

      I enjoyed reading your whole piece but the last paragraph, “I believe that it’s useful; very useful on a regular basis every week, perhaps every day to question what you believe and decide if you still believe it to be true. I believe that what we believe so passionately and fiercely can be proved wrong at any second and those are the times when I often feel most alive.” really rang true for me.

      Thank you for sharing.

    • jo says

      Hi Gayle – I loved your entire piece, but especially your last lines -”I believe that it’s useful; very useful on a regular basis every week, perhaps every day to question what you believe and decide if you still believe it to be true. I believe that what we believe so passionately and fiercely can be proved wrong at any second and those are the times when I often feel most alive.” I remember a poem by Walt Whitman called ‘Song of Myself’ in which he said, “I am large, I contain multitudes.” I always interpreted that to mean that we may believe something in one moment and something different in the very next instant – your piece reminds me of that paradoxical truth.

    • says

      Dear Gayle, This is delightful, and thank you for writing it and sharing it with us. My favorite part is:

      “I believe one of the most important things that you can do is to listen; listen to yourself first and listen to other living things; to your beloved, to your children, to your community. To listen especially to those you might normally close your ears to. I believe it’s good to listen to the trees and the grass and the bees and to hear what’s happening in the air around us…to stand in the moment and totally take the living in. ”

      The springtime meadows are calling us.

    • beverly Boyd says

      Hi Gayle,
      I realize that I too believe most of the things you mention, yet they didn’t make it to my own rather long list!. Thank you for reminding me.

      I smiled at this line: “I believe that brushing and flossing ones teeth regularly can be a subversive and revolutionary act of personal transformation and self-determination,” especially at the idea of being subversive!
      I’m not sure what you mean, but it reminded me that if I had flossed more often and thoroughly I could be enjoying my food more!

    • Adrienne Drake says

      I liked the reminder to listen to those we might ordinarily just shut out. It is a way to open our hearts even more, and a way to learn more about ourselves. I can just see you cocking you head….to listen.

    • Paula Hill says

      Hi Gayle….Your “believe list” uniquely flows with a wisdom and strength of integrity that I deeply appreciate. I’d love to hear more on your perspective of the time continuum that you mentioned. Thank you….

    • Laura Davis says

      Gayle, I loved so much of what you had to say here. I especially was taken with your last paragraph: “I believe that it’s useful; very useful on a regular basis every week, perhaps every day to question what you believe and decide if you still believe it to be true. I believe that what we believe so passionately and fiercely can be proved wrong at any second and those are the times when I often feel most alive.”

      Thanks for the reminder. And the wake up call.

    • says

      Gayle, I always love to hear your thoughts on listening. I think it is so important. My dentist would want me to read your section on brushing and flossing several times until it worked its way into my heart. I loved how you ended your piece. I think that is really true. Thank you.

  7. says

    I believe my flower garden is a place of magic.
    I believe that a few weeds in my flower garden do not detract to much from its overall beauty.
    I believe that the dusting can wait for the housekeeper.
    I believe spring rain is a good thing.
    I believe roses should be allowed to dry and not be tossed to quickly.
    I believe my husband may take out some of the vegetables with the rototiller but better he does it than not.
    I believe most things don’t matter as much as I think they do.
    I believe the momordica tea my daughter wants me to drink does make me feel better.
    I believe in the wonder of the night sky.
    I believe in the healing power of nature.
    I believe in forgiveness.
    I believe in the love of dogs.
    I believe in being happy even through the pain.
    I believe in power of love.
    I believe in travel as a great educator.
    I believe babies of all kinds melt my heart.
    I believe in dragonflies, butterflies, preying mantis and toads.
    I believe in wishing on a star.
    I believe in moonbeams.
    I believe in imagination.
    I believe in helping others.
    I believe that my housekeeper will eventually show up. We are on Indian time here so close to the res.
    I believe my back will break if I don’t get it fixed.
    I believe I will go take some more pictures.

    • jo says

      Hi Hazel – What a wonderful list! I especially loved the line, “I believe my husband may take out some of the vegetables with the rototiller but better he does it than not.” I loved the notion of recognizing that you may have to sacrifice a couple of vegetables but it’s worth it to get the soil tilled. Balance is a wonderful thing!

    • Jane says

      Dear Hazel,

      It was so much fun to read your joyful, yet honest, list. My favorite part:

      “I believe in the wonder of the night sky.
      I believe in the healing power of nature.
      I believe in forgiveness.
      I believe in the love of dogs.”

    • says

      Dear Hazel,

      I really liked how you interspersed current things in your life (the rototiller for example) with more enduring things like dogs and forgiveness and moonbeams.

    • beverly Boyd says

      I smiled at the two lines about your housekeeper: that dusting can wait and that she will eventually show up! (we’re on Indian time!)

    • Laura Davis says

      Hazel, I loved the spirit of your list. It reflects your deep core optimism about life. Thank you!

    • says

      Hazel, I loved the idea of travel as a great educator. I know what you mean about babies. I loved the last line. It felt like it ended the piece on such an open note. On to more adventures!

  8. says

    I believe I am alive today to be a mother to my children.
    I believe most people are basically good, deep down inside.
    I believe owning a cat made me happy.
    I believe religion is a dead, dried husk.
    I believe spirituality is possible, even through a dead religion.
    I believe in the ocean and the creatures who live there.
    I believe in the desert and the beauty of the mountains and cactus and sagebrush.
    I believe in purple columbine flowers returning every Spring.
    I believe black cohosh relieved my symptoms of menopause, before, during and after.
    I believe children deserve to be nurtured and protected.
    I believe babies eyes show me a window to the spirit world they just left.
    I believe spinach with blueberries and avocado and blueberry marinade dressing is wonderful.
    I believe cats have found and selected me during my life.
    I believe that boy in high school really did love me, just like he said.
    I believe in music as a healing art
    I believe in herbal remedies and Susun Weed.
    I believe in Waldorf education.
    I believe in hula hoops.
    I believe in quiet, contemplative, in-the-moment, meditative time spent with my grandson-to-be – - at the park.
    I believe it was my fault my children didn’t finish college and turned to alcohol and drugs.
    I believe it was their dad’s fault they and I were so messed up.
    I believe it was my fault that he left us when he won the lottery.
    I believe in a happy childhood.
    I believe men want to hurt women, and mostly they do.
    I believe white people are in denial about slavery and guilt and repairing those deep psychic wounds.
    I believe we all need to be loved, and to love others.
    I believe I am the world’s worst housekeeper.
    I believe birds singing in the morning gives me hope, every single time again.
    I believe worms will hurt me.
    I believe snakes will bite me.
    I believe poison ivy will ruin my summer.
    I believe I am too fat to go swimming.
    I believe it would be fun to ride a bike again.
    I believe the happiest place in the world is wherever I went or will go camping
    I believe facial hair is the very worst part about getting older.
    I believe little boys need love as much as little girls.
    I believe children need more time outside, exploring in the woods and fields.
    I believe tv numbs and poisons our minds and hearts.
    I believe celebrity news is stupid.
    I believe reality shows are boring.
    I believe there are people who want government to stay out of their personal lives, except in the bedroom.
    I believe there are governments who hate and kill their own people.
    I believe Elliot Rodgers was a perfect storm of unmet needs and unfortunate decisions.
    I believe that it is more important to be honest and kind, than to be powerful or right.
    I believe past trauma and fear of future trauma can poison the present for me.
    I believe forgiveness can heal and should be arrived at freely, not through force or “should.”
    I believe people need to be held responsible for their actions and words.
    I believe cats love to sleep on the dog.
    I believe bullying and ridiculing people does hurt them, deep inside, unseen.
    I believe the God I used to believe in is a mean, nasty, vicious bastard who hates me.
    I believe in flower crowns and maypole dancing to welcome the Spring.
    I believe in crying my heart out, but only in private.
    I believe in singing very very very loudly to the radio while I’m driving.
    I believe in pretending there is a little Me who is a little kid and whom I need to love and take care of.
    I believe other people see me as smart, confident, beautiful.
    I believe other people are sadly mistaken.
    I believe in jumprope and redrover and ollieollieincomefree.
    I believe in climbing trees and eating an orange from the tree in my back yard.
    I believe in walking the hot sidewalks to go swimming with my best friend.
    I believe in eating a pomegranate from a neighbor’s tree, but only from the branch which reaches out over the fence, dropping down onto the sidewalk.
    I believe in making snickerdoodle cookies with small children.
    I believe in finding leaves on a walk and then putting paper on top of them and rubbing crayons on the paper to make art of any color.
    I believe in counselors, therapists, and social workers who really care about helping men and women recover from abuse.
    I believe in a woman’s right to control her own health care choices.
    I believe in the magic of a wanted pregnancy and birth.
    I believe in the beauty of a wanted abortion.
    I believe in standing up and speaking out about the War On Women.
    I believe men have the right to be sad, grieving, lonely, and thrilled — not just women.
    I believe women have the right to be angry – - not just men.
    I believe there is no sin except that which we believe is a sin.
    I believe there is no life without death, no death without life.
    I believe in the daily love and service given by midwives and doulahs.
    I believe I worry way too much.
    I believe the scars I have are repulsively ugly.
    I believe it is only when I am of service to another that I can stop the worry.
    I believe in the magic of tree bark
    I believe in the flower faeries.
    I believe in the rightness of love between people being their business, and good.
    I believe in the mini-restaurant soda counter in the old Woolworth’s 5 & Dime stores.
    I believe in climbing over a giant concrete wall to get to Woolworth’s.
    I believe in Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, where girls can learn, make a mess, camp, sing, and make friends.
    I believe people are wanting someone else to blame because Elliot Rodgers is dead.
    I believe Oprah is not for me.
    I believe Dr. Phil gets on my nerves.
    I believe Judge Judy is annoying until I see that she’s always dead-on right, and she still annoys me.
    I believe men would be a lot healthier if breasts were seen as nourishing and not as sex toys only.
    I believe women would a lot healthier if we had a cultural mythology that revered and honored women. But we don’t.
    I believe I may never know my ancestry.
    I believe I was abandoned and unwanted from the day I first breathed.
    I believe that is an irrational thing to say.
    I believe that laughter is still the very best medicine in the world.
    I believe that Simone de Beauvoir was right.
    I believe that my spirit wants to return to California and to Paris.
    I believe that my list is done now.
    I believe I need to find a new job, a new home, a new beginning.
    I believe that is all for now.

      • Jane says

        Thank you, Hazel, and I am glad we are getting to know each other through the writing we share here.

    • jo says

      Hi Jane – You’ve written an amazing list – the line that jumped out at me was “I believe Oprah is not for me.” I feel the same way so I appreciated you saying it.

      • Jane says

        What was so funny was I didn’t mind that other people watched and loved Oprah. It just didn’t click for me. Then my Sister gave a year’s subscription to the Oprah magazine. I was surprised by the amount of bling in the zine and donated the to the local women’s shelter for use in their art therapy circles.

    • Adrienne Drake says

      I believe in your honesty, and your courage to put it all down. You reflect the complexity I am sure many of us feel. I also agree with you about Oprah, Dr. Phil and Judge Judy, and it is nice to be able to admit it, since you paved the way for me!!! ;-) Could it have to do with their narcissistic tendencies? Nonetheless, I think they are all doing a service and helping many people. So…I will stop judging them, if I can!

      • Jane says

        Dear Adrienne, I know! Right? But in following Laura’s directions, I just typed whatever came to mind, and could have gone on for another, longer list, but had to pee or bust, so stopped typing. This was fun! Even though rereading it does show me judging and evaluating, this was very freeing and fun to do.

    • Paula Hill says

      Hi Jane….My, my…your list is a wonderful complex combination with perky humor, intense punching in the gut of heartfelt matters, delightful fun and honest confession…really enjoyed the read…..

    • Laura Davis says

      I love the specificity of your list. I feel like you revealed so much of what matters to you. Thank you!

    • Andrea says

      Dear Jane,

      I agree with Hazel…reading your amazing list makes me want to get to know you better! It is spectacular!

      Andrea

      • Jane says

        Dear Paula, Laura and Andrea, Thank you for your kind and encouraging words. I think I’ll go hide for a while now. . .!

    • says

      Jane, that was such a great list. It really inspired me to think about going deeper. I really feel that you covered such a broad range of topics and feelings. Kudos!

      • Jane says

        Dear Wendy,

        Thank you! Yeah, my mind zips all over the place, and my tongue has trouble keeping up with the many places my mind goes, and of course my friends are used to my zigs and zags in a conversation. Writing slows that down some, but it still bounces around a bit for me. This has been such a positive experience, all of us writing and sharing our writing and being encouraging to each other. I have even bought a notebook and have been writing in it. The problem is, once I start, I do not want to stop. Perhaps that’s not a problem.

        • Laura Davis says

          Jane, not wanting to stop writing is not a problem. That’s a good thing. You’ve just turned the faucet on….and there’s a lot that needs to be expressed.

  9. MaryL says

    “The act of writing is the act of discovering what you believe.” –David Hare
    May 27, 2014

    I believe in listening to the children.
    I believe that one piece of good chocolate a day ensures at least one smile.
    I believe in less and less of what I was taught as a child/adolescent.
    I believe in my own intuition.
    I believe that writing is not only my gift, but also my obligation – like opening a birthday present every day.
    I believe that in an effort to help, I tend to get caught up in other people’s drama.
    I believe I am an intelligent, creative, compassionate woman.
    I believe that bad things happen to good people and you can’t always fix them.
    I believe that there are some losses that do not go away, and I keep them in my heart, bringing them out from time to time to cry.
    I believe that I tend to judge myself more cruelly than do other people.
    I believe that fear is tricky: too much, and I am paralyzed; too little, and I could drown; enough to help me to look ahead and then to trust in myself and in the cosmos ~ is just right.
    I believe that I am not obliged to forgive those who have hurt me, but only (!) to stop allowing them to affect my self-esteem.
    I believe that I must first take care of myself in order to be able to help others.
    I believe that when I am sick, I am entitled to a nap.
    I believe that the power to say NO is a gift and a challenge.
    I believe in setting and honoring boundaries.
    I believe that I am not just someone’s daughter, mother, grandmother, cousin, friend; I am Mary, a good and worthy person.
    I believe that those who look at only the dark side will miss out on the dawn.
    I believe that those who refuse to take anything seriously become … extraneous.
    I believe that laughing at another person’s misery is a form of hatred.
    I believe that crying with another person who is grieving is a form of love.
    I believe that my worst enemy, and our worst enemy as a community on earth, is judging others.
    I believe in diversity even when it is uncomfortable.
    I believe that loud noises are not necessarily signs of impending doom; note the 4th of July fireworks.
    I believe that toddlers have their own version of the universe, where people go when they die, why it thunders, and they are okay with their perspective.
    I believe that waiting for better times is a fruitless waste … Writing one poem would give even the darkest time meaning.
    I believe that my strongest gift is deep listening.
    I believe that one of my best qualities is knowing when to ask for help.
    I believe I can change myself a little bit, cannot change anyone else, and change happens anyway.
    I believe that whatever happens after death, others will there too.
    I believe that the world will not end for a long, long time.
    I believe that our spirit will live on forever … somehow!
    I believe that a good cure for most worries is … breathing.

    • Jane says

      Dear MaryL., Agreed with this about you: “I believe I am an intelligent, creative, compassionate woman.”

      Also love this part: “I believe that I tend to judge myself more cruelly than do other people.
      I believe that fear is tricky: too much, and I am paralyzed; too little, and I could drown; enough to help me to look ahead and then to trust in myself and in the cosmos ~ is just right.”

      Thank you!

    • Adrienne Drake says

      I like that you let yourself take a nap when you are sick. Naps are the best…sick or not!

    • Andrea says

      Dear MaryL,

      I really enjoyed your list a great deal. In fact, this is the first time I’ve actually replied to someone’s post. Some of your list I could really relate to as if I should have written it, such as: “I believe less and less of what I was taught as an adolescent/child” and “I believe in my own intuition” and also “I believe that fear is tricky”. Thank you so much for sharing. It was very touching.

      Andrea

    • says

      Your list was compelling. My favorite one was, “I believe that I am not just someone’s daughter, mother, grandmother, cousin, friend; I am Mary, a good and worthy person.”

      Thank you for sharing your list.

    • Laura Davis says

      MaryL, I loved your list–especially the parts about diversity and toddlers viewpoint on the world.

    • says

      Mary, what a great list. My favorite was “I believe my strongest gift is deep listening.” That’s profound. Thank you.

  10. jo says

    Hi Mary – What a wonderful list! I thought this line powerful – “I believe that I am not just someone’s daughter, mother, grandmother, cousin, friend; I am Mary, a good and worthy person.” It sounds like a lovely prayer or mantra!

  11. Adrienne Drake says

    I believe in goddesses and candles in the night,
    I believe the darkness must always yield to light.
    I believe the smell of toast will always comfort me.
    I believe that it is good to listen and to see.
    I believe I will feel at least one miracle each day,
    I believe in trusting that there will always be a way.
    I believe it is good to try to”live and let live,”
    I believe it is always wise, in time, to forgive.
    I believe the universe’s timing is much better than my own,
    I believe in karma, that we will reap what we have sown.

    I believe in minding,
    I believe in never mind.
    I believe in finding,
    I believe in what’s not found.

  12. beverly Boyd says

    “I believe for every drop of rain that falls a flower grows
    I believe that somewhere in the darkest night a candle glows” …

    I believe in God,
    I believe in miracles
    I believe boys are wired differently than girls.
    I believe GMOs should not be used at all without much further testing.
    I believe that I’ve had at least two lives on this continent at the time of the European settlement of the west.
    I believe I experienced one of my deaths by an arrow.
    I believe my children, their father and I made an agreement to come in this lifetime as a family together.
    I believe that my children love me.
    I believe the earth is round.
    I believe that my ex husband and I love each other even though we are not well suited to live together.
    I believe there are some perfectly nice people that I just don’t hit it off with.
    I believe that there is other life in the universe.
    I believe chocolate chip cookies are better made with butter.
    I believe there is enough.
    I believe my needs have always been met, even when things looked dark.
    I believe I am still learning and growing and I don’t need to take a class or strain to make it happen.
    I believe that as people age they go through different stages that have as much to do with the spirit as the physical, even after the sixties where most magazine articles seem to stop.
    I believe I am a writer, whether or not I am published.
    I believe the world is a better place because I am here.
    I believe my mother saw her sister coming to greet her when she died.
    I believe she was singing the Halleluia Chorus with the angel choir before she passed over.
    I believe animals have souls and know how we are feeling and what we are thinking.
    I believe that cutting too much fat our of my diet makes me hungry and I eat more.
    I believe soup is the perfect food for breakfast.

    That song keeps going through my head!
    …Every time I hear a newborn baby cry, or touch a leaf, or see the sky,
    Then I know why….I Believe!”

    • Jane says

      Dear Beverly,

      Wasn’t this fun to write! I loved reading your “I believe. ..” list, and my favorite line is:

      “I believe animals have souls and know how we are feeling and what we are thinking.”

    • says

      Beverly,

      You list was very interesting and my favorite things was this, “I believe animals have souls and know how we are feeling and what we are thinking.” I am reminded of this every evening when I am sitting in my chair feeling pain and our little terrier, Frazier, gently hops up onto the foot stool and reaches out to give me a kiss. His eyes say it all.

      Thank you for sharing.

    • Andrea says

      Dear Beverly,

      Your list says a lot about you. I loved your believe comment on being a writer, whether you’re published or not. Also, that you believe you are learning and growing and don’t need to take a class or strain to make it happen. Those two really hit home with me.

      Andrea

      • beverly Boyd says

        Hi Andrea
        In fact, If I try to make it happen (i.e.spiritual growth) it is more likely to elude me!

    • Laura Davis says

      Beverly, I really enjoyed your list, especially these:

      I believe I am a writer, whether or not I am published.
      I believe the world is a better place because I am here.

    • jo says

      Hi Beverly;
      I loved this line – “I believe my needs have always been met, even when things looked dark.” That line resonates deeply for me – I believe that we learn, no matter what situations we find ourselves in.

      • beverly Boyd says

        Hi Jo
        Some of those situations have been quite amazing. It would be pretty hard not to notice them.

    • says

      Soup for breakfast! Wow. I’m going to have to consider that in the future. Beverly, I loved your list. I wanted to hear more about many of the items there. Thank you.

  13. Adrienne Drake says

    I like your comment about how after sixty, the magazines seem to forget about us! Why is that?

  14. Lee Xan says

    I believe I don’t have enough time now to write all I believe until I’m exhausted.
    I believe I am already exhausted.

    I believe a prompt should not tell you that you’ll be surprised because if you’re like me, you just might not be surprised or you might not enjoy your surprise as much if somebody already said you’d be surprised.

    I believe I dreamt about sky diving.
    I believe I dreamt about touching a standing woman’s breasts and my partner (male) was right next to me touching another woman’s breasts. We were seeing what they felt like, observing them, side by side (that’s he and I side by side, although the breasts were also side by side or side by side by side by side, as well as the women—one would not want to objectify women in dreams even unless of course they wanted to be objectified in that moment and this added to their fun).
    I believe I might not put this online.
    I believe I might divide the breast part into shorter lines for readability, but also I believe when one divides lines up for readability, this also creates a certain emphasis that was not there in the writing of it.

    I believe I want to learn better how to finish work, how to work on work to finish work and maybe, no, yes, and when done, put work out into the world somehow.
    I believe if “somehow” were the operative word, then this would be easy-peasy in a way.
    I believe that someone might like the phrase “easy-peasy” and someone might not.
    I believe I am saying “I believe” but I could also say, “I know” except the part about the skydiving dream—I know I dreamt about skydiving but was I actually skydiving in the dream or just thinking about skydiving in my dream?

    I believe my life is unnecessarily complicated, but perhaps my life is also in some ways necessarily complicated.

    I believe I miss having a Honda or a Toyota.
    I believe my car is unreliable and therefore I do not trust my car although it does have some pretty nice new tires.

    I believe I liked that horoscope for geminis, although I am not a Gemini, about planting seeds for zucchini and expecting to see cucumbers growing later and how that will never happen no matter what one does…unless of course one plants cucumber seeds and even then it’ll take some work. (Thanks, Brezhny.) Funny the images are all phallic and funny that they are all good things to eat, but in life the metaphor does not work, because many people (hey, I’m talking about myself here) are planting sour or bitter fruit or something worse or rather planting good or not good fruit in the wrong places—in the dark and with no soil or water and expecting sweet good fruit.
    Which is all to say, I believe if I want to make something of my life, I have to find consistent ways of getting my butt in gear, as it were…
    and not planting the seeds for a life/future I don’t want.
    I believe I would never have invented the phrase “get your butt in gear”—what gear? 1st gear, 2nd? third? I believe I don’t want to think about my butt in gear right now.

    I believe I am loved so much.

    I believe I should make a wise decision to stop writing now or soon.
    I believe I like that Nanci Griffith song, what is it—lovely song, oh, “It’s a hard life” and the lyric,
    “I was a child in the 60’s
    when dreams could be held on TV
    with [someone] and Cronkite and Martin Luther
    and I believed I believed I believed.

    Now I’m the backseat driver in America
    and I am not at the wheel of control
    and I am guilty I am war I am the root of all evil
    and lord, I can’t drive on the left side of the road.”

    I believe this song has the best (and somewhat subtle verse, another verse, that is) about how the KKK takes hold with young children—how it is passed on, (although the line does use the word “fat” in a derogatory way, but that’s another story and not as an excuse, but this song was written before there was more awareness of sizeism). She sings,
    “And I’m thinking this man wears a white hood
    in the night when his children should sleep
    and they’ll slip to the window and they’ll see him
    and they’ll think that white hood’s all they need.”

    Well, anyway…back to my own words…
    I believe this house will never be clean.
    I believe I should stop.
    I believe that I believe more than I know.
    I believe that trying to be clever impedes good writing for me.

    I believe that I feel less free after a day of work.
    I believe I may need a new kind of work soon but don’t really want to say that out loud for some reason.
    I believe work asks for a sort of loyalty which is not always returned.

    I believe in the midst of feeling unlucky, I am SO lucky.

    I believe that I like to stop writing sometimes and look at someone I love and watch them until they feel it and see me…or sometimes they don’t and I can watch them, just being, looking at a book, looking at how they look at a book, at how a leg bends, at how a hand rests on a leg, watch how a mouth is set, wonder at the person’s thoughts, listen to the sound their body makes and the gaylorded books make, when the loved person is around the corner and out of sight but nearby.

    I watch a fan at the ceiling spin fast and the fan’s ceiling shadow spin fast.
    I see the leaves gently bobbing on the tree out the window.
    Elvis’s legs on the Elvis clock shake back and forth which makes it look like Elvis’s hips are shaking back and forth.

    I believe there is greatness in me, greatness that only a few people have seen or felt.
    I believe there is no shame in ultimately being wormfood. I feel at ease with that, if not at ease with the possibilities of many journey’s there.
    I believe in windows.

    I believe that there are some things I don’t need to believe or not believe in because they just are or they just aren’t or we don’t know.
    I believe that the things that aren’t are things too even if they are not true things.

    I believe I have at least one piece in me to write about the Capitol of California.

    I believe in blurry photos. I believe that laughter of the right kind can lighten the load.
    I believe that I have no business being around people for very long who don’t recognize the value of fun, the value of laughter and it’s ability to tell truths that cannot otherwise be told.

    I believe there are many good jobs waiting for me, but they are not really waiting for me, I have to wade in and work my butt off to find what might fit, instead of continuing to wear this ill-fitting shirt and trying to will it to look and fit better, by squinting and thinking it better and being grateful I have a shirt at all and other such nonsense games people play to convince themselves that something isn’t that bad when it kind of is, even if it really isn’t that bad, it also isn’t that good—it’s an ill-fitting shirt. It’s like changing your body to fit the ill-fitting shirt instead of changing the shirt—even if it’ll take some work and maybe have to be sewn or grown by hand.

    I am bursting with belief but I believe that once more I should stop.
    I believe I feel more comfortable treating writing as fiction—my own and others words if they are more comfortable that way.
    I believe I like the first person “I”.
    I believe in not caring too much about some things and yet I care too much about some things, and don’t care enough about other things I should care more about.
    I believe that “shoulds” could drive a person crazy, no offense to crazy.

    I believe I might like pseudonyms.
    I believe I liked it when I took a walk yesterday with a poet who was talking about another writer who she said used a “pseudo name.”

    I believe in using bowls of the right size, feel, texture, color, association, thickness…

    I believe there’s a time for daring.
    And I believe there is a time for not daring.

    • Jane says

      Dear Lee,

      How I love your sassy, talkback, freewriting style! The first part made me laugh so loud I probably woke the sleeping neighbours. And their sullen cat.

      “I believe I don’t have enough time now to write all I believe until I’m exhausted.
      I believe I am already exhausted.

      “I believe a prompt should not tell you that you’ll be surprised because if you’re like me, you just might not be surprised or you might not enjoy your surprise as much if somebody already said you’d be surprised.”

      And then this inner view is so lovely, just perfectly describing it:

      “I believe that I like to stop writing sometimes and look at someone I love and watch them until they feel it and see me…or sometimes they don’t and I can watch them, just being, looking at a book, looking at how they look at a book, at how a leg bends, at how a hand rests on a leg, watch how a mouth is set, wonder at the person’s thoughts, listen to the sound their body makes and the gaylorded books make, when the loved person is around the corner and out of sight but nearby.”

      Thanks for making my sleepless night much more fun!

      • Lee Xan says

        Thanks, Jane, so much for your feedback! And glad there was some entertainment value there : ) –thanks for pointing out parts you liked, I appreciate it and appreciate you reading the piece which went longer than most : ) (I think your first comment captured how I felt writing it!)

    • Adrienne Drake says

      I liked the side by side by side by side breasts…the humor of it, and your decision that it was okay to post it!!!

    • Andrea says

      Lee,

      Now I understand Laura’s comment. It WAS for you. I love your sense of humor. For some reason I giggled at the comment ‘I believe in windows’. I think because it was so random. I enjoyed all of it. Your post was a great read!

      Andrea

    • says

      Lee, I enjoyed reading this. Here are my favorite lines: “I believe in blurry photos. I believe that laughter of the right kind can lighten the load.”

  15. Andrea says

    I believe in not only surviving but thriving
    I believe one day I will truly be happy
    I believe that children are a gift from God
    I believe that one day all evil will be abolished from this Earth and we will all live in harmony together without wickedness or violence
    I believe pets love you unconditionally and are a great healing tool
    I believe books are wonderful
    I believe the smell of fish is one of the worst smells ever
    I believe we are all entitled to happiness
    I believe there is a God in heaven
    I believe good friends are hard to find like a diamond in the rough
    I believe it takes more work to heal from childhood sexual abuse that anything else in life
    I believe our experiences in life, good and bad, develop in us a strength of character
    I believe ‘The Golden Rule’
    I believe there’s more to life than what we see around us now
    I believe one day I will finally publish a book of poetry
    I believe not all men are evil
    I believe the words of Isaiah 65:17 which says, “For look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth; And the former things will not be called to mind, Nor will they come up into the heart.”
    I believe in therapy
    I believe chocolate is a cure ALL
    I believe the smell of coffee and bacon cooking puts a Amalie on my face
    I believe in laughing til your sides hurt and you are crying is wonderful
    I believe drawing is my favorite thing to do
    I believe art in its many forms is a must
    I believe music is beautiful
    I believe that painting the walls is relaxing
    I believe being outside on a nice spring day where you can smell the honeysuckle, hear the birds sing, feel the sun on your skin is cathartic
    I believe the beach is one of my favorite places to go
    I believe it is truly possible to heal

    Andrea

      • Jane says

        Dear Andrea,

        This is lovely, and I loved your ending the best of all:

        “I believe being outside on a nice spring day where you can smell the honeysuckle, hear the birds sing, feel the sun on your skin is cathartic
        I believe the beach is one of my favorite places to go
        I believe it is truly possible to heal”

        Thank you!

        • Lee Xan says

          I too liked the honeysuckle line and the sun on the skin…I also thought it was interesting how some of the lines sounded next to each other–wonderful books, stinky fish, then entitled to happiness!
          I also liked the statement about one day publishing a poetry book–that line, to me, felt like something solid that would happen…maybe it was in the boldness of the line. Thanks!

          • Andrea says

            Lee,

            Thanks so much for saying about getting a poetry book published that it felt like something solid would happen. I hope you’re right. It would be a dream come true for me.
            P.S. I’d share the comment but it was intended for your awesome post, so you deserve the wonderful comment.

            Andrea

      • Adrienne Drake says

        Thank you for clarifying that! I truly felt left out because I did not know how to put an “Amalie” on my face, and I am very competitive when it comes to becoming a happy person!!! LOL ;-)

    • beverly Boyd says

      Andrea
      “I believe the smell of fish is one of the worst smells ever.”
      I agree that old fish smells awful! But the smell of fresh fish, especially if you are sitting on the dock with your father with visions of panfries for lunch is wonderful.

      And I hope you get that book of poetry that you have been working on for so long published.

      • Andrea says

        Beverly,

        I can see how sitting on the dock with your dad would be enjoyable for you, yet for myself, it would have to be anyone but him, especially with the smell of fish.
        Thank you for saying you hope I get published. That is a goal I have.

        Andrea

        • beverly Boyd says

          Andrea
          I guess it was thoughtless of me to post this reply to your share.. I know that many of the writers on this blog have issues of abuse in the family.
          If it bothered you, I am sorry.

          • Andrea says

            Beverly,
            It wasn’t thoughtless and it didn’t bother me. No apologies are necessary. I hope I didn’t come across as if it did. I just wanted you to know a little bit more about me. I should be the one apologizing.
            I truly am happy that you have that type of relationship with your father. I’m a bit jealous, in a good way, that I didn’t have that with mine. My best friend had a great relationship with her dad and I enjoyed seeing what a healthy father/daughter relationship is like. He died July 6, 2013. It was quite a blow for her.
            Andrea – hugs

          • beverly Boyd says

            Hi Andrea,
            I’m glad you were okay with it and you don’t need to apologize either. I’m glad you had a chance to know your friend’s father and the healthy relationship they had.
            Blessings
            Beverly

    • Adrienne Drake says

      Andrea~
      I am glad you mentioned healing from childhood sexual abuse here. I can feel your growth and healing happening and I salute you and encourage you in your journey!

    • Laura Davis says

      Lee, I loved that you just let it rip on this post and went wherever it took you. That freedom is an essential part of freeing your voice and discovering your material.

      • Andrea says

        Laura,

        Who’s Lee? Was this post meant for Andrea?

        Whoever it was for, thank you for the lovely comment on letting it rip cuz that’s an essential part of freeing my voice.

        Andrea

        • Lee Xan says

          I wrote the long post just above yours. I’m not sure who the comment was meant for, but I was raised with multiple siblings and I’m willing to share the comment if you are : )

          • Lee Xan says

            Thanks much, Laura, for your comments–whether they were meant for me or Andrea! (Apparently, we both like your words : ) )

          • Andrea says

            Lee,

            Definitely!
            I’m intrigued to read what you have written. I need to go back and read it then reply.

            Andrea

          • Jane says

            Love it!!! I am part of you and you are part of me and we are all part of one family on this big ole blue marble.

  16. Edwin says

    I believe in love and peace. I believe in lovers who love me. I believe in purpose and justice. I believe that education is life and it is every where. I believe we Learn more than we are taught. I believe that life happens and participation is mandatory. I believe that what I believe is an evolving part of the process of living. I believe that continued self satisfaction is possible. I believe the best is yet to come. I believe that the journey may be more important than the destination and experience is the true bases of knowledge. I believe that I have been lied to, ripped off, stolen from but have tried to turn the other cheek. I believe that being black, having a single parent and a loving grandmother raise me has shaped my life and regardless of limitations I have had a great life. I believe in a power greater than myself and a divine spirit. I believe In love

    • Jane says

      Dear Edwin,

      This is a beautiful and powerful statement, and I loved reading it. My very favorite part of all?

      “I believe that I have been lied to, ripped off, stolen from but have tried to turn the other cheek. I believe that being black, having a single parent and a loving grandmother raise me has shaped my life and regardless of limitations I have had a great life. I believe in a power greater than myself and a divine spirit. I believe In love.”

      Thank you for being a beautiful person, and for sharing your beauty with us here.

      • Lee Xan says

        Yes, these parts really called out to me, as well!
        The line about continued self-satisfaction stuck with me too-thanks!

    • beverly Boyd says

      Edwin
      I liked the philosophy expressed in “learning more than we are taught” and “ the journey may be more important than the destination and experience is the true basis of knowledge”
      I probably liked it because I agree!

    • says

      Edwin,
      This is a beautiful statement. Your writing is completely accepted, here there is no black or white issue, no gender issue, no sexual orientation issue, no disability issue, or, age issue; writers just are.

      Thank you for sharing.

    • Adrienne Drake says

      Edwin, this is just lovely and I appreciate your sharing all of it, especially the part that starts with being ripped off and ends with believing in love. Wonderful lessons here for all of us! :-) Nice…

    • Laura Davis says

      Edwin, I love the powerful statements you made. Reading your “I believe” made me want to know you better. So glad you’re becoming a part of our virtual community.

    • jo says

      Hi Edwin – Your line, “I believe we Learn more than we are taught.” caught me. It has given me a lot to think about — thanks!

  17. Jess says

    I believe that we can fix what is broken if we approach it the right way.
    I believe in freedom, and equality for all people.
    I believe that writing is therapeutic.
    I believe that jello should always be served with Christmas dinner.
    I believe that the best pie in the world is made by my grandmother.
    I believe that love is possible, no matter where you are in your life.
    I believe that there is nothing more beautiful than loving another person in any way.
    I believe in being silly.
    I believe that we need to listen to kids a lot more.
    I believe in spirituality.
    I believe that everyone has goodness deep down in their souls.
    I believe that there is an afterlife, but no hell.
    I believe in staying up all night to write, or read a great book.
    I believe in helping others.
    I believe in getting lost in your art.
    I believe in letting splattered paint dry on my hands, because it makes me feel more creative.
    I believe in staying up late and sleeping in late.
    I believe that walking in a forest is magical.
    I believe in eating desert first sometimes.
    I believe in talking to yourself.
    I believe in being a fool for someone you love.
    I believe that people should have the freedom to make their own choices.
    I believe in sunsets and full moons.
    I believe that if everyone can believe in something, then there is still hope.

    • Lee Xan says

      I really enjoyed this list–from the jello with Christmas dinner and the best pie in the world made by the gradmother to talking to yourself and being a fool for someone. I like that dessert came back into the piece and oh, forests are magical! I also liked the loving another person “in any way” and the freedom to make choices…thanks!

    • beverly Boyd says

      Hi Jess,
      I enjoyed the variety of your list..from the sublime to the silly! I like the idea of letting splattered paint dry on your hands so you feel more creative!

    • Andrea says

      Jess,

      Your list was beautiful…from beginning to end…my favorite was ‘I believe in getting lost in your art’. It gave me goosebumps.

      Andrea

    • Laura Davis says

      Jess, I loved this: “I believe in getting lost in your art.
      I believe in letting splattered paint dry on my hands, because it makes me feel more creative.”

    • Jane says

      Dear Jess,

      What a treat to read this today. This line made me crack up laughing:

      “I believe that jello should always be served with Christmas dinner.”

      Also, I loved that you included this line, which is true for me, though I didn’t write it before:

      “I believe that writing is therapeutic.”

      Too many favorite lines here. I’ll just say that my Grandma liked to make rhubarb pie as she had rhubard growing amongst her rose bushes. But I hated rhubarb. So I always loved my own Mom’s pies best. She made 3 meals a day, including dessert, 365 days a year, except a 2-week family vacation in a car (yeah, some vacation, huh?) for over 60 years, and still does. It wasn’t until recently that she stopped making her pie crust from scratch. Store-bought is NOT “just as good.”

      Thank you for happy memories of my Grandma and my Mom. My Grandma had unlimited time for me, and taught me how to sew and let me type on my Grandpa’s manual typewriter. Funny the things we remember.

      Thank you!

    • Adrienne Drake says

      Jess, I am voting with the majority here~ loving the spattered paint drying on my hands (and even drying under my fingernails.) Yummy details in your piece!

  18. Jenna says

    I believe in one God, Father of all.
    I believe that there is something bigger than me, elephants and blue whales not included.
    I believe in my family, my parents, my sister, my partner and my son. I believe they can do anything they set out to achieve.
    I believe my son will lick the illness that is dogging him right now.
    I believe that one of these days I’ll find my real purpose in life.
    I believe that I’ll finish the projects I’ve started one day.
    I believe I’ll finish that Ironman I set out to complete.
    I believe that by this time next year I’ll be a complete person.
    I believe that life has something better in store for me, just not yet.
    I believe that one of these days I’ll move from where I am now to where I want to be.
    I believe that one of these days I’ll find enough time to read everyone else’s responses to the prompts and not just enough time to write my own.
    I believe that there is some connection Emma, who I’ve recently met, and myself but I don’t understand what it is.
    I believe lots of things but most importantly I believe in myself.

    • Laura Davis says

      Jenna, this piece really reflected a woman in the process of becoming–a woman committed to growth and change. Thank you!

    • Jane says

      Dear Jenna,

      What a beautifully written piece. Thank you for sharing this with us here. My favorite part:

      “I believe my son will lick the illness that is dogging him right now.
      I believe that one of these days I’ll find my real purpose in life.
      I believe that I’ll finish the projects I’ve started one day.
      I believe I’ll finish that Ironman I set out to complete.”

      Your determination and courage (Coeur = heart; “courage” means strong of heart) are inspiring to me. I wish I were that positive about life; sometimes I am, but sometimes I cannot pretend.

      I hope you find joy and beauty today, for you are giving that to us here.

    • Adrienne Drake says

      I loved the hopefulness and open-minded nature you express here. Thanks for sharing this heartfelt piece.

  19. Angeline says

    Although I have been coming to this site for many months, this is my first post. When I arrived, I felt very blocked and unsure of my writing abilities. Today, I decided it was time to let go of fear write. As I read the posts I thought to myself, I believe in reading directions, but once again, lol, as is characteristic of my ability to follow directions, I did it my way. I thought about writing something new, and then decided that this is what my soul wants to say today, and isn’t the essence of the writer’s journey? So here is what I believe
    Have a beautiful day. Peace and tender blessings sent out to all.

    I believe in unconditional love
    I believe it is more important to know who and what we are, than to pretend that we anything else

    I believe in peace.
    I believe it is better to live harmoniously than to constantly fight for the right to be right

    I believe in the continuity of life.
    I believe it is better to hear the voice of stillness than to be deafened by the sounds of relentless ego

    I believe in the oneness of soul purpose.
    I believe it is created to show us how we more alike than different.

    I believe in the power of peacemakers and peacekeepers
    I believe it is important to know which one you born to be. Knowing the difference will changes the world in magnificent ways.

    I believe in truth.
    I believe that it is our silence that kills the spirit, and keeps us bound to muted fear.

    I believe in the joy of life.
    I believe it eludes most people because we don’t understand, happiness is a choice, and it is free for all to experience.

    I believe in earth angels.
    I believe that it is the call of love that brings them forth, and if we cannot accept each other for all that we are not, then we cannot love one another for all that we can be. Their presence nudges us to let go of hurt and judgment, and sets the soul free.

    I believe in motherhood
    I believe it is the greatest miracle of life.

    I believe in celebrating the birth of all creatures great and small.
    I believe birth is the blessing of first sunrise, it is the moment when we are kissed by the sun and experience the face of God.

    I believe in the freedom of our spirit to exist in any space.
    I believe it is our testimony to the enduring lesson that when one thing ends, we give birth to something new.

    I believe in love that is not tethered to obligation.
    I believe that it is the energy of compassion, moving through the soul that allows us to say, I love you and I care about you; I will not suffer because of you.

    I believe in the necessity of solitude.
    I believe it is the time of infinite hearing that lets us receive the collective whispers of the universe.

    I believe in tenderness.
    I believe it is the healing balm that soothes and nourishes the wounds of our souls.

    I believe in hope that floats anywhere and everywhere.
    I believe it is our responsibility to know it when we see it, to greet it, and to openly accept the abundance life.

    I believe in the divine wisdom of angels, spirit guides and ascended masters.
    I believe that it is the space of quietude, an infinite space in which we find the flame that ignites the passion fires of our eternal souls.

    I believe in the power of transformation through life, death, and life again.
    I believe it is the gift of eternal sunset that lines the skies with the colors of our soul, so that we remember, destiny is a journey of endless possibilities.

    I believe in the present.
    I believe it is what prompts us to discover the rare necessities found in the promise of each new day.

    I believe in accountability.
    I believe it is our responsibility to be mindful of the energies we bring to each space

    I believe in Faith, Hope and Charity.
    I believe it is these three sisters who sit in misery’s audience and end the company of suffering.

    I believe in my soul call
    I believe it is how we know when it is time stay put and when it is time to fly away with grace, and celebrate the power NOW.

    I believe in freedom.
    I believe it is our birthright to live in safety and free from harm.

    I believe all of our days are not in yet
    I believe it is better to accept what is, than to fear what is not, for in time all things happen as they are intended to be.

    I believe in the journey of the writer’s soul
    I I believe it is our divine call to record the sacred moments of life.

    • Laura Davis says

      Dear Angeline, Welcome to the Writer’s Journey Roadmap! I really enjoyed your first post. It reflected so clearly your values and what matters in your life.

      I loved these lines: “I believe in the power of peacemakers and peacekeepers
      I believe it is important to know which one you born to be. Knowing the difference will changes the world in magnificent ways.” It made me really want to know more–what the difference is between the two and the role each plays in the world.

      I hope you come around a lot more in the future. I’ll look forward to your posts.

      • Gayle says

        Beautiful, every belief statement was bold, and I resonated with each, as I looked forward to reading more. I was especially taken with ‘I believe in truth.
        I believe that it is our silence that kills the spirit, and keeps us bound to muted fear.’ That is the lesson I am working on now–speaking up, letting go of fear and watching my spirit soar…your words said it so perfectly.

    • Adrienne Drake says

      There is a lot of quiet strength expressed here. I especially liked this:
      “I believe in love that is not tethered to obligation.
      I believe that it is the energy of compassion, moving through the soul that allows us to say, I love you and I care about you; I will not suffer because of you.”
      I hope you will enjoy this site and post often!

    • Jane says

      Dear Angeline, Welcome! I hope you write more posts here, as this is delightfully written. I agree with what others have said, and this is my favorite line:

      “I believe in the journey of the writer’s soul
      I I believe it is our divine call to record the sacred moments of life.”

      Wonderful, and thank you.

  20. Gayle says

    I believe that moderation is the key to life.
    I believe that I am an intuitive person and, if I listen to my heart, I will get all the answers I need.
    I believe that the world is a safe place and I am safe to be in it.
    I believe in the oneness of all things.
    I believe that I am happy every time I wake up and see my newly painted turquoise, purple and orange house! I believe that vibrant colors energize me!
    I believe that imagery and meditation bring me to a calmer physical state and a higher vibrational state.
    I believe that I am never alone in this world, I have only to go within to remember that I am connected to all that is.
    I believe that I am creative in more ways than I can imagine–I am open to exploring new ways of expressing myself.
    I believe that I am the perfect age for now.
    I believe that what I say matters and that I am a writer who touches people’s hearts.
    I believe that I am a perennial student.
    I believe that I am a teacher of my own gifts. I believe that confidence in my gifts, knowing that they are worthwhile to share, helps me to be that teacher. I also believe that there is no real teaching, just reminding of what we already know.
    I believe that I am on a path and I am now aware of when I step off that path…and I have a choice.
    I believe that being joy-filled keeps me in the present moment.
    I believe that having a witness is one way of acknowledging my life and, perhaps, all the new modes of communication are tools toward that end–posting on blogs and Facebook, tweeting..while it may seem impersonal, words going out there in space, it says, ‘I am here, experiencing this life’.
    I believe that I am smiling now, and thankful to be reminded of so many things that I believe…things that make me Me.

    • Adrienne Drake says

      I am really loving that so many people have such amazingly wonderful and strongly positive beliefs. Gayle, you are no exception. I love the lightness and happiness this piece evokes, and I would love to paint my house turquoise, purple and orange, but I don’t think the Condo Rules and Regs will let me do that. (We are all flat beige here.) Thanks for sharing.

    • Jane says

      Dear Gayle, I loved reading this, and this is my favorite line:

      “I believe that imagery and meditation bring me to a calmer physical state and a higher vibrational state.”

      Thank you!

  21. Angeline says

    Hi Laura,

    Thank you for the warm welcome. I don’t know why, but I had a lot of difficulty organizing things on my computer and pasted and copied only part of what I wrote. I think I’ve got it right now and that is why you will see another post.

    I didn’t know the difference between a peacemaker and a peace keeper until I understood, the necessity of taking responsibility for the energy we bring to any space. I was born to a peacemaker, advocate, activist and healer. However there have been many times in my work career and in personal life with friends and family, I naturally slid into the role of peacemaker. However, so many times, after I left or withdrew from the conflict, folks eventually went back to fussing and feuding, and I’d return again and again, make things right. I’d get so frustrated and I blamed myself for not being able to keep the peace. I internalized their failures. I found I could not stay in places of upheaval and turmoil without wearing myself out.

    Then one day it clicked, and I choose to see things through a different paradigm. When people feel safe and validated, doors and windows of possibilities open. It was in one of those very moments that I saw it with clarity. Our human brain is wired for survival. Because our brain is not hardwired to stand alone, we all want to belong. Believers of attachment theory have demonstrated that when one of comes under harm or feels threatened, we all feel threatened and harmed. During times of stress and upheaval most groups/and or individuals, we will work together and do what is necessary to survive and protect their resources/best interests.

    Peacekeepers are very good at getting groups to see their oneness. However, as true in any situation, we cannot save those who do not want to be saved. Responsibility for the safety, order and productivity of any group, organization or agency, is a shared responsibility. Nobody can do it alone.

    Peacemakers create the conditions for change. Peacekeepers are responsible for maintaining the conditions that the change brought forth. I believe when we understand which one we are, we take responsibility for the energy we bring to any conflict. A peacemaker cannot do it alone.

    I feel confident that you can probably attest from experience that in every group, agency, family, or organization peacemakers and the peacekeepers exists. Knowing that I am peacemaker has made it much easier to let go of my propensity to rescue and save those who are not willing to do the work of saving themselves. Life is much better knowing that it is neither right nor wrong to be one or other, it just is, and as Dr. Jill Taylor Bolte, teaches in “A Stroke of Insight,” we are responsible for the energy we bring to each space.
    .

    • Laura Davis says

      I love your differentiation of the two terms. I’m going to be chewing over your words for a while. Thanks for sharing your wonderful insight with us.

      • Angeline says

        You are very welcome. It took a long time for me wrap my brain around the difference. Also, working in the framework of restorative justice and learning the about the Enneagram ( I am 9) helped me better understand the difference.

    • Jane says

      Dear Angeline,

      I really enjoyed reading your lyrical words. So hard to choose a favorite, but this line really leapt out at me:

      “When people feel safe and validated, doors and windows of possibilities open.”

      Also:

      “Knowing that I am peacemaker has made it much easier to let go of my propensity to rescue and save those who are not willing to do the work of saving themselves. Life is much better knowing that it is neither right nor wrong to be one or other, it just is, and as Dr. Jill Taylor Bolte, teaches in “A Stroke of Insight,” we are responsible for the energy we bring to each space.”

      I love the way you have broken these ideas down, and expressed the quiet power of “holding the space of possibility” for others. I had fun reading this. Thank you!

      • Angeline says

        Thank you Jane. I feel as anxious as I am excited about writing in an open forum. Your comments encourage me to sit down and write again. Peace and light sent your way!

  22. says

    I believe in love and commitment.
    I believe in the sanctity of late night ritual by candlelight.
    I believe in the basic goodness of every person.
    I believe in meditation and acting in such a way that I do not cause suffering to a sentient being.
    I believe that when someone entrusts me with their heart, I become a better person every day.
    I believe in giving and receiving, although the latter is excruciating for me!
    I believe it is never too late to learn and explore old curiosities.
    I believe in friendship, ensconced in the sharing of umbrellas and tanks, puppies, and yurts.
    I believe in honesty or, at least, striving for that above all else, despite the need to protect the tender hearts of people.
    I believe in the spirit of adventure but one must temper it with realism.
    I believe at this point in my life, I have at least two handfuls of wisdom from which I can sift for complete sentences.
    I believe in dancing because everyone is gorgeous when swaying to a searing guitar and pining saxophone.
    I believe in process, taking time—whether that is to sleep, eat, cry, hold hands, be alone, read, make love, or taste the resounding quiet in a forest, just before spotting a blue jay.
    I believe in long showers and I think they matter more than fixing dinner on time, unless I am expecting company.
    I believe that peoples’ body language offers a more accurate assessment of their feelings than just words alone.
    I believe I just may have a chance at a real job starting this July. It could make Chile a potential go!
    I believe in #YesAllWomen, a Twitter hashtag in use the world over. Whether you are two or one hundred and five, all women should be safe in their person, homes, going for a walk, at schools, and in groups.
    I believe in #YesAllWomen because in India recently, a group of men (including Police officers) raped and murdered two young teen girls and hung them from a tree. This must stop! The problem is not just India but everywhere on this globe.
    I believe we need good men to speak up and bad men to stop raping.
    I believe in making things right.
    I believe I always have trouble with closeness and women, given Mom’s six decade long rejection and hatred of me—with she being my first significant relationship with another living soul and female.
    I believe that, despite ideology (including positive psychology), not everyone can just change their thinking and ‘legislate’ a strike on their eligibility to have bad things happen to them.
    I believe in assisting and empowering the people who need it. That is one reason I love free online courses from universities worldwide. I do not have the money to finish school yet but can expand my knowledge, expertise, flexibility, teaching capabilities, and confidence.
    I believe that by learning more, I can give back on a much bigger stage.
    I believe in workouts that bring on a good sweat, followed by a swim, and half-hour in the steam room, where I can see nothing. It is then, while I rub my eyes, that I imagine myself perched on the precipice of branding a completely new life.
    I believe I do not know how to deal with people at all and yet a part of me knows this is untrue.
    I believe in continuing my struggles to feel like an equal.
    I believe in Words with Friends, Texas Hold’em poker (with play money), and word mongering, the last of which is online writing practice with a growing group of friends on Twitter.
    I believe in meeting people’s eyes, except in the cultures where it is considered rude and disrespectful.
    I believe being self-disciplined is equally important to letting it all fall away at the proper time.
    I believe in hugging a moment fiercely, squeezing the ‘be Dickens’ out of it.
    I believe comparing ourselves to others—especially those society deems ‘better’ or more ‘respectable’– is soul damaging on one hand, and inaccurate ego boosting on the other.
    I believe in snowshoes, walking sticks, roughing it, and sharing dorms in youth hostels on windy autumn nights.
    I believe society’s view that having resources or not is rooted solely in merit or hard work (never luck), laziness or a weak mind (never circumstances), does not reflect everybody’s truth. This is valid for a high percentage of people but it is not a science, by any means. This matters to me because I am an exception, as are thousands of people I encounter in life.
    I believe that as much as I need to discuss class, people will greet me with equal push or pull depending on the gauge of a true debate.
    I believe and know that the topics I must write about are not to force my views on someone else. I work on myself only and can, and will, be wrong. All I want to do is learn and understand. That takes dialogue, not monologue.
    I believe one side effect of needing therapy to live and being lonely is that I sometimes talk to people as if I am in an interview. I don’t wait for questions and don’t notice they never come. I tell some people a lot and only realize later, in tears, that I haven’t made real friends. I look at those people and can almost see them using their fingers to form an ‘L’ for loser over their heads. At these times, I feel I am just a pathetic example of what not to do and be in life.
    I believe in struggling through this and all fear, ridicule, physical pain, defeat, negative thinking, disillusionment, and depression. Group think. Bureaucracy. Old tapes that are deafening. People who reiterate with exclamation marks those old messages.
    I believe and know it is great for me to encounter good men. I know they are there and value friendships with them.
    I believe in fair play, appreciating people at every turn, and meeting generosity and trust with heaps of the same.
    I believe in second and third chances but also believe in stopping before it gets ridiculous and people get hurt.
    I believe in optimism and hope; I will enter any skirmish to find it.
    I believe in fun, yacking all night, and laughing myself silly.

    • Jane says

      Dear Terry, Thank you for this beautiful list of what you believe. #YesAllWomen and also #AllMenCan are proof there are still many good people in the world who agree we all need to treat each other with courtesy and respect.

      “I believe I just may have a chance at a real job starting this July. It could make Chile a potential go!”

      I’d love to see you get that job, or one even better.

      “I believe in snowshoes, walking sticks, roughing it, and sharing dorms in youth hostels on windy autumn nights.”

      That is so evocative and lovely. Thank you for sharing your writing with us!

  23. Janet says

    I believe I should be a writer of some sort because it helps me to know more about myself and people have said, “You can really write, forget everything else, and write,” since I was in the 4th grade.

    I believe that gratitude helps me to focus on what’s good and takes my mind away from fear.

    I believe this world is made up of “dots” which are congealed into what we see by our thoughts; in between the dots is Love, God, Life, You, Me, and Spirit, where we are all connected and that to the degree that we live with the conscious awareness of this space, we are whole, happy, and safe.

    I believe pets are the best thing ever known to man….. woman…. anyone.

    I believe standing in comfort with the unknown and unknowable frees us up and allows the best things to come to us.

    I believe the less I judge or the more I surrender and suspend judgment of someone or something, the more I see what I truly need to see and learn in a situation.

    I believe there is always, always, SOMETHING available, waiting inside of us that can pull us through even the most horrendous of happenings.

    • Laura Davis says

      Janet, welcome to the Roadmap blog. Thanks for your “I believe.” It makes me want to get to know you better. I look forward to more of your posts in the future.

    • Jane says

      Dear Janet, Welcome! I hope you will share more of your writing with us here. This was very enjoyable to read. My favorite line is:

      “I believe standing in comfort with the unknown and unknowable frees us up and allows the best things to come to us.”

      Thank you!

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