Today I received junk mail from a relative that is always forwarding videos and jokes mixed in with pictures of her grandson and other family updates. The trick to this is that I always have to read her e-mails so I don't miss anything good. Today I got an inspirational message. Each belief below was written over a photo of a baby. Babies don't belong on my blog but for me the same effect is found through trees. I chose this tree because I feel it reflects me... a little.
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 should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.
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 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 the people you care about most in life are taken from you much too soon.
I Believe... That life is more precious than money will ever be.
I must say that some of these statements don't make complete sense to me and possibly need more clarification but then again, that isn't the point. I hope by sharing this that someone else will use it the way I did and at least think about a situation in their life where these simple words might help. Or maybe you will just enjoy an interesting tree photo.