This I Believe
I believe that when you stop changing, you are susceptible to death. The world is constantly unfolding around us and in us. Life is the ultimate participation.
I believe in the wisdom of children's voices. My sons, Kiernan and Ehren, have spoken words that have knocked me down off my high horse and picked me up from pain.
I believe that trees can speak and that the mountains hold memories and stories we can never understand. I have found many more answers lying in the grass than I have striding down crowded concrete.
I believe there is no distinction in what is sacred. All is sacred.
I believe that being alone is a state of mind, that we are connected in so many ways. It is a matter of reaching out and even reaching within.
I believe in the immanent presence of the divine, but not in its authority. We have free will and must exercise it.
I believe that the future is unfolding and that there is no fixed fate or path. Seasons and the cycles of life point to the impermanence and flux of existence – change is the constant principle.
I believe there is grace in the universe, but we are ultimately responsible for our actions and their impact. Actions not only speak louder than words, they have repercussions. Because...
I believe that the energy we put out into the universe often returns to us in unexpected ways.
I believe that I will find my way when I have an open heart and trust the process. Even if that means just putting one foot in front of the other.
I believe that patience is one of the hardest lessons to learn. I wish I could hurry up and learn it!
I believe in hitting the potholes to see how strong you are.
I believe there is almost nothing quite as wonderful as shared love. Love is exponential, just like the bottomless tub of popcorn at the Friday night cinema theater.
I believe my mother was at my wedding - in the wind. She said she would be there – and she was.
I believe that the concoction of sin and salvation is an unbearable carrot and stick theology.
I believe that if there is such a thing as salvation it happens in the transformation of human relationship.
I believe in the power of human ingenuity to overcome. The human spirit is limitless in creativity and persistence. We can be pretty darn stubborn.
I believe in conflict transformation, not necessarily conflict resolution. A conflict does not always resolve, but it transforms those in relationship with it.
I believe that no one religion or philosophy has a monopoly on the truth. There is no capital T truth.
I believe in the healing power of touch and right intention. ICU babies flourish with it and so do we.
I believe that creativity is the ultimate expression of the divine spark.
I believe that there is a multitude of life in the universe.
I believe if we do not see ourselves as a part of the whole we are in danger of not seeing the trees for the forest.
I believe in the little girl that wore her father's clerical collar on career day in first grade.
I believe in the power of words to change hearts and minds.
I believe that some people will not choose to change.
I believe in jumping in puddles.
I believe that there will always be war, but peace can be found anywhere.
I believe in miracles, and most of those are achieved by amazing human beings.
I believe our best hopes lie in one another.
I believe in engaged spirituality.
I believe there is freedom in commitment.
I believe that you have to dance with your shadow to walk evenly.
I believe in radical hospitality. Welcoming is an invitation to transformation -for everyone involved.
I believe in silence. Sometimes words just aren't enough.