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This I Believe

By on Aug 05, 2010


This I Believe

In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true. – Buddha

This I Believe
There are no accidents without value. No matter how difficult the circumstances in life, we can grow and learn from what happens to us – everything happens for a reason. Taking the time to find the value in these events is up to each of us.

This I Believe
You cannot change or heal what you do not acknowledge. For real and lasting growth to occur, we must first come to terms with our reality and see it for what it really is in order to reframe it and learn from it.

This I Believe
Happiness is a choice. Each day we can either choose to face the day with a positive attitude or allow the obstacles and setbacks to overwhelm us and make us anxious and angry.

This I Believe
Love can be eternal. While it’s true no one can make you happy, you can feel happiest about yourself when you are with someone who gives you the time and space to bring out your best.

This I Believe
We all have a purpose in life. To find your purpose, make a list of all the things you want to accomplish in your life. The one that jumps off the page and makes you begin to cry is your purpose.

This I Believe
Life and learning is a process. Try to avoid saying you can’t do something, instead, state, “I have not learned how to..,” or “I’m learning how to…”

This I Believe
Never give up. The day you quit is the day before the goal or task is accomplished.

This I Believe
We measure our progress in life incorrectly. Instead of measuring where you are now to where you want to be, measure yourself from where you have been.

This I Believe
It’s OK to make and have money – a lot of money if you wish. Your character is not defined by how much money you make; your character is defined by what you do with the money you make.

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As parents our main responsibility is to nurture and protect our children. We also have the responsibility to break the cycle of any harm, dysfunction or pain we experienced as children. I believe our jobs as parents are to make our children’s life better than our childhoods. The real payback occurs when our children do likewise as parents.

This I Believe
Always love your partner and always fight fairly when disagreements occur. It is never acceptable to strike your partner – ever. Listen to their point-of-view and then offer your own. Remember, would you rather be right than happy?

This I Believe
Living a happy and fulfilling life is more about the “what” than the “how.” Focus on “what” you want. The “how” will reveal itself naturally over time if you fully commit to the “what.”

What do you believe?

What are your core beliefs? What do you know to be true in your life? Please share in Comments below.

The BridgeMaker Founder Alex Blackwell is the author of Letting Go: 25 True Stories of Peace, Hope and Surrender. Join the community to connect, share and inspire: Twitter | Facebook | More Posts

  • Money is every things, until you fell in love.

  • @ Lea: So true, one small act of kindness can bring great happiness to the giver and the receiver.

    @ Bamboo Forest: We’ve got to keep going, no matter the temptation to quit.

  • “Never give up. The day you quit is the day before the goal or task is accomplished.”

    The above is a big one. I believe that it’s common for people to give up just before the change was about to take place. Perhaps because it’s *easiest* to give up just before you’ve made it!

  • Lea

    Alex, I too am still trying to find the purpose for my life. I do know that I believe we are the only ones who can control our happiness. We can choose to be overcome by our circumstances or we can rise above them and do our best to keep going and smile in spite of what is going on around us. I believe in the power of simple acts of kindness. It’s amazing how one small act can brighten another’s face.

  • @ Alex: My best as you continue to live a life of purpose and love.

    @ Becky: It is about moving forward and changing “Why,” to “Why not now – and why not for me.” We are cheering for you.

    @ Tess: Been there too my friend. You are right, all we can do is our best.

    @ Uzma: Trust me: It will find you.

    @ Joy: Our inner wisdom is seldom wrong so keep listening!