What I Believe


An interesting discussion with my best friend and one of her FB friends today prompted this post!

It is not so much WHAT I believe, but how I chose to disseminate that set of beliefs. Is my goal to change others’ minds, by expressing my own beliefs, or is there a narrower/broader focus here? Therefore, I decided I would write, in a disgorging purge, what it is I believe.

“I believe for every drop of rain that falls a flower grows” Oh. Sorry. Wrong train of thought…

I believe that each of us has a purpose in being here. Our job is to find out what that purpose is, and be true to that purpose.

I believe my purpose is to share my love of learning with others

I believe that the ultimate goal in any life should be to enhance the lives of others.

We do this by practicing kindness, paying it forward, acting without bias or prejudice, treating others with love and consideration

I believe that all religions and faiths have the same roots. I believe in One God/Goddess.

The three main religions of humanity share Mohammed based roots. “They are related by a common belief in God and the constant battle between good and evil.”  http://www.bookrags.com/essay-2005/11/12/2733/4500

I believe in Hope.

Hope fuels our days and nights. Inherent in all  humans is the belief that tomorrow, and the future, will be brighter.

I believe in family.

 There is nothing more important than family. They give us roots and wings. No  matter how we get along on a day-to-day basis, we need family to give us strength. It may be a biological family, or it may be the extended family of friendships we develop in our lifetimes.

I believe in enjoyment.    

We need to appreciate and enjoy our lives. They are precious, a gift, and there is no sin in enjoyment.

I believe in learning.

EVERY day is a new opportunity to learn.  We learn about others, ourselves and the world around us.

I believe in a democratic (small d) society, with overtones of socialism (small s)

socialism: a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.

democracy: government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.

I believe everyone has a point of view – not everyone can express or explain theirs, though

To encourage dialog, debate, and discussion between those of differing opinions is a GOOD thing. Battle the beliefs, not the persons expressing them.

I believe change is good.

Change is our means of creating a practical, usable system, whether it is our personal lives, or what is going on politically within our country.

I believe hatred, prejudice and cruelty to others has no place in an enlightened society

AND I believe that a lack of education is the root of all of these. Learning allows expression, openness, honesty and understanding.

I believe in simplicity, sustainability and self-control.    

We need enough to be comfortable, and enjoy life.  No more, no less. We should encourage and help others reach this status as well.

                Simplicity: absence of luxury, pretentiousness, ornament

 Sustainability: the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance.

Self-control:  the ability to exercise restraint or control over one’s feelings, emotions, reactions.

I believe doing good is much, much better than having done well (in economic terms) Or, in other words, having a good life means much more than money.

It should be the natural goal of every person – to create a world, a planet, in which each person works at doing good for all.

Lastly, I believe in words.

Words are powerful. Nevertheless, their basic purpose is to express meaning, and in doing so, we define our purpose, our values, our beliefs and ourselves.

My challenge to you – create your own list of what you believe. Print it out. Believe in it, practice it, change it, enjoy it, and learn from it!

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Professional reader and researcher for writers - Reviewer and Editor for online book review sites - AVID reader (well, duh!) writer, crafter (sewing, jewelry, fiber art) photographer, herb gardener, love to learn new things - Married 38 years, 2 "kids" (now 30 and 32) and two grands (9 & 11) Born and raised California Girl, with stints in Tennessee, learning to speak Southern, and Arizona, learning that living in a trailer is NOT fun! Enjoy conversations with wine and chocolate, long walks and being with hubby and family. Life is good!
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11 Responses to What I Believe

  1. rabialaura says:

    I believe you! Okay. That was a silly response. Well. Maybe not. As I look back at everything you said, all I can think is, “Yep, I believe it.” No wonder we are so sympatico. I also believe in the strength of you and I. Separately and together.

  2. I am so inspired by your “belief” article that I wish I had taken the time to write it myself. Laura, I rarely forward anything to anyone, but I want to share this with my kids.

  3. sampatron says:

    Great post. Clearly we’re sisters under the skin, Laura. You’ve articulated some truths and beliefs that I also hold but hadn’t taken the time to put into words. Clearly a little more thought would serve me well. Thank you for that nudge.

  4. Laura Hodge says:

    I am totally ROTF, LOL! When I started to read this today I thought, “good for Laura!” Then I thought, “what discussion was she having with, and with whom?” Then, I thought….”Oh. Right. I tell her to find her dharma and she makes a wisecrack about Greg, but then she blogs about it.” THEN, I thought….”Wait a minute! I have read all this before! Haven’t I? Or, am I having deja vu??” Ahhh….another perq to being old….you can even recycle a great blog!!

  5. Laura Hodge says:

    I wish I had read my last post before I posted it. sigh. this place needs an edit button for right after you hit send!

    • ReaderWoman says:

      There is an edit button, I believe, but I am not sure if it is for me or for you. Yup, dearest friend, it is duja vu all over again!

    • ReaderWoman says:

      OH, and btw the topic that set me off was believing we can change the world – or at least how people vote!

      • sampatron says:

        Actually, there seems to be a study of some sort somewhere that says we can. My sister, who has been resisting FB very strongly says she might have to change her mind about signing on because she read that a study showed people were swayed by their friends’ posts on FB. She’s nothing, if not an activist so if she’s convinced, it must have been a strong study.

  6. ReaderWoman says:

    You know, Sam, you are certainly right about that (I have a sister too, that says she has an active, full, happy life – (implying I don’t?) and FB is NOT for her) but I find most of the time I am preaching to the choir – of course, there may always been an exception or three!

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