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Say after me: I BELIEVE... Friday October 23, 2015

I came across this again recently, after all the great conversations about personal responsibility - to sit, settle or soar...

I believe...
That our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.

I believe...
That no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

I believe...
That just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.

I believe...
That it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.

I believe...
That you can keep going, long after you think you can't.

I believe...
That we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

I believe...
That either you control your attitude or it controls you.

I believe...
That money is a lousy way of keeping score.

I believe...
That sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.

I believe...
That maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had and what you've learned and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated.

I believe...
That it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.

I believe...
That no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn't stop for your grief.

I believe...
That two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different... including Moodscope blogs :-)

I believe...
That even when you think you have no more to give, when someone cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.

So, what do you believe that will make your world a better place, and are you going to do it?

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Frankie Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 12:39am

I believe that learning to love and forgive myself makes life much easier for my nearest and dearest.

I believe that looking up to the sky helps me keep things in perspective.

I believe that proper relaxation and allowing my intuition and creativity to flourish lead to peace of mind and heart.

I believe that everyone has something beautiful to offer (even if they don't believe it themselves)

Oh, and I believe that a good cuppa eases the pain of most situations.


Debs Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 8:25am

This is lovely Frankie 'learning to love and forgive myself' - I need to practice that ;-) And i agree 'everyone has something beautiful to offer' - sooo true. xxx

Mary Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 8:52am

Frankie - I believe you and Les are both so right!

Leah Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 5:57am

I believe that just because you believe something doesn't make it true.
I believe our beliefs change over our lifetime.
I like to believe that people can change their beliefs if they realise they are harmful to humans, animals and or the environment.

I believe there are not many problems that quality ethical chocolate can not solve or at least help.
I believe being able to laugh at oneself is important in coping with life.

I believe Les is very sincere about spreading his beliefs.

Thanks les

Liane Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 6:36am

I believe:

That life is challenging for everyone (no, it's not a level playing field but everyone has challenges),

That much is possible in life - perseverance is the key,

That life is better with friends, family, and lovers.

Thank you, Les.

Sally Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 7:27am

Les, thank you for this. Taking stock just now and I found the piece very useful. I believe in what it says. It really speaks to me, and I haven't come across it before. :-)
I believe we all have a contribution to make in life, and that a smile can make someone's day a little brighter.
I believe that a friend with a great sense of humour is worth his/ her weight in gold.
I believe that humour puts things into perspective.
I believe I am very fortunate in the country I live in and the people I have around me.
I believe in serendipity, and how it can alter the course of one's life.

Hopeful One Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 7:36am

Hi Sally - do I qualify for that gold with this offering as you appear to value humour as much as I do? A man and a woman are having dinner in a fine restaurant. Their waitress, taking another order at a table a few paces away notices that the man is slowly sliding down his chair and under the table, with the woman acting unconcerned. The waitress watches as the man slides all the way down his chair and out of sight under the table. Still, the woman dining across from him appears calm and unruffled, apparently unaware that her dining companion had disappeared. After the waitress finishes taking the order, she comes over to the table and said to the woman, "Pardon me, ma'am, but I think your husband has just slid under the table." The woman calmly lookes up at her and replies "No he didn't. He just has just walked through the door."

LillyPet Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 4:25pm

Lol! I love your jokes HO ho ho :))

Hopeful One Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 7:38am

Hi Les - a thought provoking post.

I believe that life goes on .

Alex Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 7:43am

"That our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become."
My Dad was living proof of that....put into a children's home where he was beaten and abused, joined the Navy as soon she was old enough, which became like family for him. He was a salt of the earth, give you the shirt off his back kind of guy. A real mensch. When I see on the news about deprived areas being a reason for problem behaviour, well....I think of my Dad.

As for keeping going long after you think you can, let's agree to disagree on that one. I did. It did me a lot of harm in various ways. Sometimes putting your hands up and admitting you can't cope is the better(and, often, more difficult) option.


Les Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 8:18pm

Hi Alex...........maybe putting your hand up IS keeping going........?

Alex Sat, Oct 24th 2015 @ 7:19am

Indeed....not thought of that before; thank you, Les Alex

The Gardener Sat, Oct 24th 2015 @ 7:46am

To Alex later one about sending a prayer. hugging a hot cuppa after a truly appalling night - re keeping going - it may be a mistake, but somebody has to be resilient. India we are prayed for continually 'prayerful greetings' in letters. Difficult to believe in, but all my friends who say they are praying for me are a comfort - in that they are thinking of us - those who pray every night - I know we are in that list - I think that helps.

Laura Wed, Oct 28th 2015 @ 6:37pm

Hi Alex. I believe that we are stronger than we think - including you. To me, "Putting your hands up and admitting you can't cope" is another way of saying that you "surrender" and could maybe use a little help, but in a good way. You're not giving up - you are finally at the point where you have no choice but to accept the current situation. That's a good thing, because then we can plan on how to work our way through it and get to the other side. More power to you! :)

Debs Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 8:23am

I believe that we are one humanity - all intimately connected and all equal
I believe in the sensitive people, the empaths, the creatives - they are the strong ones, the ones who can change the world
I believe in openness and honesty
I believe in magic
I beieve in the still small voice inside
I believe if you could see yourself through my eyes, you would look at yourself differently
I believe its impossible to live without failing at something
I believe we are not our thoughts
I believe our are about other people
I believe in silence
I believe in love
I believe in me
I believe in you

Debs Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 8:23am

*our lives* are about other people

Mary Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 8:55am

I believe Les, that this may be your best post so far (I love it)!

the room above the garage Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 9:23am

I believe there is a key for everyone.
I believe there is more good than bad.
I believe I will win, even on my worst days.
I believe wrinkly skin is simply beautiful.
I believe in an apple a day.
I believe you have reminded me of a song I love tremendously by an old Scottish band called The Silencers and I believe I will sing it all day long.
I believe I'd be in trouble if I didn't have this place as an outlet.
I believe in having courage and being kind.

jen Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 9:26am

I believe....
When life throws poo on my head I can turn it into manure to help me to grow. (edited version)

g Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 12:54pm

i believe in God , karma , the power of a new self help book on procrastination that i am currently reading to slowly turn my life around , power of love , that there is some good in everybody and the majority are lovely individually but that crowds may be deadly or force for the better , that change is difficult but possible, that habit ... that it is time to stop - lunchtime !!!

g Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 12:54pm

i believe in God , karma , the power of a new self help book on procrastination that i am currently reading to slowly turn my life around , power of love , that there is some good in everybody and the majority are lovely individually but that crowds may be deadly or force for the better , that change is difficult but possible, that habit ... that it is time to stop - lunchtime !!!

g Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 12:55pm

and i love the shit metaphor from jen !!!

Dave Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 4:25pm

I believe that no matter how bad things may look, there is always something good going on in our lives You may have to really dig to find it but it is surely there..

LillyPet Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 4:35pm

I believe that children are our... :)) joking!

I believe that it is important to be kind and compassionate towards others.
I believe in live and let live.
I believe that bears who are hiding still need big hugs. Xx

Debs Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 6:52pm

Yes, where is bear? I miss her muchly x

The Gardener Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 4:36pm

I can only do one 'I believe that you can keep going long after you think you can't'. This has at least been proved, in incredible stories of people surviving buried under rubble, keeping other people's spirits up in dire circumstances like bombings. I thought my greatest 'survival' effort was getting off a desert island (desert in that you could not get off after dark) alive after being stung by a sting ray - propped up by phone calls from the mainland - one from a New Zealand Doctor who had been whipped across the chest by a vast sting ray and survived. Now the challenge is extreme - husband is falling about due to lack of food and muscle wastage. He's already been taken into emergency once this week - the emergency services will NOT come out to someone whose weakness is self-inflicted. And can you blame them? When challenged, he says he wants to live - but looks like starving himself to death. So, in the belief that I CAN keep going it's going into practical details and sleeping in an armchair again, as we can't get upstairs, and bed-moving son does not arrive till Monday. So all my blogging friends out there - please send, by thought transference, physical strength, stoicism, endless patience, something humorous, something beautiful, that my brain can work on what my body can't - and the emphasis that nobody can take my memories away.

Debs Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 4:46pm

I believe that you are an incredible spirit TG. I believe that you are doing the most beautiful job under such difficult circumstances and that you find the strength to keep going every day is an inspiration. I believe you have within you supreme courage, endless patience and the kind of tenacity I can only dream about. I'm sending huge love and enveloping hugs...

Debs Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 4:49pm

... and a few smiles. I just sold my Hoover.... well, it was only gathering dust

Debs Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 4:50pm

I heard a rumour that Cadbury is bringing out an oriental chocolate bar.... but it could be a Chinese Wispa

Debs Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 4:52pm

My husband told me 'sex is better on holiday'... that wasn't a nice postcard to receive

Debs Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 4:54pm

Last night me and my girlfriend watched three DVDs back to back. Luckily I was the one facing the telly.

Debs Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 4:55pm

I was raised as an only child.... which really annoyed my sister

Debs Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 4:55pm

Enough Debs!!!! ;-)

Alex Sat, Oct 24th 2015 @ 7:24am

Oh, ((((((((The Gardener))))))))......sending thoughts your way. Would send prayers, but only if you're ok with that: I know not everyone is(was myself at one time) and so I always ask first. And what you said about memories.....yes, right there with you on that: mine too. Alex

The Gardener Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 5:42pm

Oh Debs, not enough! really funny, thanks. At last, doctor contact. Husband is suffering sodium deficiency - quite common in the elderly - no treatment in hospital of course, rest (now, do I roll him onto the sofa?) and salt on food (he hates salt - possible long term effects). I am not sexist, honestly, but the last few days I have collected a list of thoroughly bloody-minded men who through their refusal to 'be done good to' are now suffering and their partners suffer with them. The guy who won't let his depressed wife get near me (we get on too well) phoned this a.m, two hours away, no intention of coming near us. But I seriously believe in friendship, and, to my knowledge, have never fallen out with anybody. I don't know any jokes, but a hideously black thought occurred - feeling down and out phoned Samaritans French) two nights ago - saturated, please call later. Does one put having a nervous breakdown for next week?

Debs Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 6:23pm

Ha! 'All our suicide operators are busy at the moment, please try later' ;-) How crazy is that... I am happy to be on the end of the phone for you if you need someone, I have a good ear xxx

Debs Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 6:26pm

Oh go on then, here's another... I was getting into my car the other day and this bloke said "can you give me a lift?" I said "Sure, you look great, the world's your oyster, go for it"

Debs Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 6:30pm

Last one for today... I told my mum I'd opened a theatre. She said "Are you having me on?" I said: "Well, I'll give you an audition but I'm not promising anything."

The Gardener Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 6:58pm

Debs, thanks for the listening 'offer'. I will refuse, for what I think are very good reasons. Been on the phone lots today - all good - but, in conversation you are always waiting to get your 'word' in. This system means you actual READ what the other person has said before jumping in with your bit. An aside - I think you like music - France Musique has an incredible evening of Brazilian music, tangoes etc, and I adore Spanish and Latin American music. Tried Salsa once and fell over, tried fencing (so elegant) and looked exceedingly fat and stupid!

Debs Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 8:05pm

Ahh, pish with the fat and stupid - you tried it!! Amazing, I've always wanted to. I love music like you say... Latin American a particular favorite. I learnt to Salsa whilst in Guatemala - ahhhh - happy days indeed. Might be time to get my dancing shoes on again. Come on, lets do it ;-)

Rebecca Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 7:47pm

Les love the post, especially the comment about friends hurting you. Have learnt the tough way lately about that and it is through no fault of there own. I had to move yards and leave a lot of friends behind who I used to see almost daily. Some have stayed in touch but I was expecting it to stay the same and it can't be. I expect too much from people and always get hurt. Love the jokes Debs, they are great.x

Les Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 8:15pm

Hi Rebecca Be careful with your language.....'always get hurt'.......self fulfilling prophecy?? The only constant in life is.......change. Read Brene Brown's stuff especially 'Daring Greatly' and watch her TED talk - google it........22 million people cannot be wrong......

Les Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 8:11pm

Hi All

I believe...

That thanks to Frankie - Debs (numerous..!!) - Mary - Leah - Liane - Sally - H.O. - LillyPet - Alex - RATG - Jen - g - Dave - T.G. - Rebecca - that many others will read, think, feel, reflect, laugh, cry and feel less alone......

Debs Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 @ 8:39pm

And you did that Les... you created the chain of belief. And I believe you are a weaver of magical spells of wellness. Thank you dear word wizard xxx

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