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 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?