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Thursday, June 14, 2018

What I Believe




A dear friend of mine writes a column for the Salt Lake City Tribune and recently wrote the most thought provoking column I have read in a long time.  Ann Cannon is one of those writers that brings emotions you love to feel.  Find her column here.  She wrote about the concept of beliefs and the ongoing "This I Believe Project" (http://thisibelieve.org)  Ann inspired me to think about what I believe in....


I believe being surrounded by books is more comforting than macaroni and cheese

I believe the sound of my children laughing together is the best sound created.

I believe dogs are the best barometer of our worth, if your dog loves you then you are OK!

I believe hugs should be at least 9 seconds long and several times a day.

I believe older people have the best wisdom.

I believe a drum line at a football game could make you forget all your problems.

I believe good feelings from a sweet memory should be brought out and worn often.

I believe in learning, whether a formal education or simply living life, it equals the same.

I believe winning is wonderful, losing is educational, and having the right attitude about both is inspirational.

I believe Frankincense is a miracle essential oil.  Or maybe magical...whatever, it is amazing, and it works.

I believe the things you should never be without in the kitchen is a great olive oil, fresh herbs, onions, garlic and celery.  With that you can create anything.

I believe you should never make excuses for wanting to set your table with the "good stuff".  Your grandmother will be happy you did.

I believe knowing who "your people" are is important.  Know where your grandparents and great-grandparents are from and celebrate them!

I believe having a hobby and making time for it is imperative.

I believe lipstick and a strand of pearls help you feel pretty.

I believe prayer is the greatest power on earth.

I believe sitting by a fire in a comfortable chair, with a great book, watching it rain or snow is the essence of comfort.

I believe in having a favorite blanket and a favorite bathrobe.

I believe in the magical powers of a donut you bought while no one was looking.

I believe furniture finds you...

While I believe in the intelligence of order, keeping a few odd things does not clutter make.

I believe some books are holy and are filled with truth.  They make us better for having read them.

I believe God talks to us, and if we are willing to listen, our lives improve.

I believe we are all entitled to our own beliefs and deserve the respect of others as we follow the "dictates of our own conscience"

I believe making assumptions about what people are like will rob you of the potential of a great friend.

I believe the causal effect of forgiveness is intelligence.  Anger literally halts our progression and keeps us from finding the answers that are always there.

I believe in the power of words, be careful how you use them.



What are your beliefs?

29 comments:

  1. Oh, my goodness! Truth in every, single word! Except for creating everything with olive oil, fresh herbs, onions, garlic and celery. Although I love each of them individually and collectively, together they do not make very good brownies. True story...

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  2. Allison WinsteadJune 14, 2018 at 3:33 PM

    Great list! Although we may need to talk about the power of macaroni and cheese ;)

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    1. I am willing to listen about the mac and cheese...you make it, I will eat it and we will experiment with the effect

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  3. I believe all of these are beautiful truths that make us better humans!

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    1. Thank you good neighbor...I am always looking to be a better me...

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  4. This is such a wise and inspirational piece! Wonderful truths!

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  5. This list resonated so much with me...thank you for posting it. Sometimes it is good to know we are not the only ones who have these beliefs!

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  6. I like all of these! And can get behind them. Except maybe the furniture. I’m terrible with choosing furniture. :)

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    1. Thats why you wait....wait for furniture to find you....thank you for commenting

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  7. A wise man once said, 'there is no democracy among truths'. That being said, it is extremely wise to evaluate from time to time what it is that you believe. I enjoyed reading your list Donna, and have spent some time pondering my own list. The list I'd compile today would look vastly different from the one I would have complied at 25,35 or even 45. Thankfully. I am filled with gratitude as I consider what I believe and the profound impact those beliefs have on me. As I continue to grow, I am even more grateful for those few things I have come to know.

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    1. And I know our lists will continue to change.....we have so much to be grateful for

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  8. I believe you have a talent in writing! I believe you have beautiful perspective! I believe not everyone can make anything from your kitchen staples... I believe I smile every time I read your blog!!!

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  9. I believe God brought you into our lives not by accident. I am so glad you listened to your heart and reached out to find us. I am looking forward to connecting and really getting to know you more intimately.

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    1. I know we aren't an accident...I am so blessed to have found such a wonderful family I do get sad that we arent physically closer, but you all are always in my heart

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  10. I know that I do not take the time I should to really think very deeply. While some of your beliefs are fun and whimsical, others are very deep & profound, in my mind. I used to spend more time thinking & writing, but other things seemed to crowd out the time I took for those things over the years. Thank you for reminding me to think more & write at least occasionally, even though that may not be what you intended to do! Thanks for sharing your beliefs through this blog! I will be thinking more now about what my beliefs are. <3

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  11. I believe you are a wonderful writer.

    I believe there is greater joy in loving someone than in being loved.

    I believe in second chances.

    I believe that we can never be too kind

    I believe what we do means more than what we say.

    I believe we are all braver than we know.

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  12. I love your list! I believe in living by the Golden Rule.

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  13. Donna: well said and hooray for every single point! While we might come at certain points from different angles, I believe you touched the sweetest and most significant truths in life. Your new readers will be grateful; your friends and admirers already are. Thank you for what you do. Gina

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  14. Your list is the absolute essence of who you are, Donna. Such a kind and loving list should bring you all you need. I'll have to give it some thought and try to make my own list. xob

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  15. Love this, Donna! Perfect in every way!

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