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What I Believe


This week the writing prompt for Sunday Scribblings is "I understand"...


I understand that life is hard...
     But I believe we have been given the inner strength to overcome hardship;

I understand that true caring is uncommon...
    But I believe that the more we practice it, the more common it will become;

I understand that trust is fragile and often misplaced...
     But I believe there are still people in our lives who can be trusted;

I understand that love sometimes hurts...
    But I believe that unconditional love exists if we know how to find it; 

I understand that life can be very lonely...
     But I believe that if we reach out to others we will find companionship;

I understand that depression and despair can overtake us...
    But I believe we can find our way if we are willing to ask for help;

I understand that faith can be hard to comprehend....
    But I  believe that faith dwells within each of us, it is a matter of the heart;

I understand that hope can be hard to hold onto...
    But I believe that hope can be renewed and is essential to life;

 I understand that life is not fair....
     But I believe that there is still good to be found in the world,
          and that life is an amazing experience we are privileged to share.

16 comments:

  1. I truly love this Josie. So much truth here.

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    1. Thank you Robin, I'm not sure where it came from, it just flowed onto the screen.

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  2. Wise words. Life is indeed not fair, but it's also not to be taken personally. The challenge is to choose how we relate to life, since it can't be forced into perfect conformity with our desires.

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    1. Absolutely true, we often can't change the circumstances, but we can change how we respond to them.

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  3. Josie, I especially appreciated your words on depression and despair: The key is getting help. Your addition to this on your list was not at all heavy-handed, just good advice. Life may not be fair, but all your reasons certainly prove it's worth living. Very nice. Amy
    http://sharplittlepencil.com/2012/09/16/ocd-overwhelming-critical-demands/

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    1. Thank you Amy, I know from my experiences and that of family and friends, that when one is feeling really bad about themselves and life the tendency is to withdraw and cut off communication with the very people that care and can support you. Admitting how you feel is the first step, accepting hugs and help are the second and third!

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  4. When you are depressed it seems the buts and why questions take over..you give a hopeful answer to all those doubts..jae

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    1. It is so hard to see the light when you are lost in the dark hole of depression, Jae. But sometimes even a tiny ray of hope can be someting to hang onto. I preach the gospel of hope because my life is a testament that things can change for the better in ways we never imagine in the dark times.

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  5. These were very good, Josie. I relate to the very first one you listed - people don't realize how much strength they truly have.

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    1. Thank you Elsie, I agree with you, we only find out how strong we can be when we have no other choice in order to survive. I believe that people have an inborn survival instinct that can get them thru the very worst of times and help them find their way to better days, it's much like swimming upward from deep water to get your head back into the air where you can breathe!

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  6. Beautiful post. We cannot always change things, but that we can change how we react. We cannot control others, only our own heart. Thanks.

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    1. Thank you Annie,my thoughts here were about the challenge of accepting the facts we must face and deal with in our lives, while at the same timer realizing there is always hope, always an answer of some kind. The most important thing is that we see the importance of our role as caretakers of each other!

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  7. You wrote this especially for me, right? RIGHT? It seemed SO appropriate.

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    1. You were most certainly one of the folks on my mind that I care about a lot who are facing all kinds of struggles in life at the moment. Think back to the worst times in your life when things felt totally hopeless and beyond your control.... it didn't last forever, you did survive, and many wonderful things... like your husband, have come to you later in life. That's my message... hope prevails! HUGS

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  8. I could cry after reading this, Josie. All of it is true. You are so wise and so insightful. Thank you for this. It has made my day to read it!

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    1. I am humbled, Selma. I am far from wise. Like all of us, I am learning as I go. I understand that there are some harsh realities to life, I know that well. But there is also hope, faith, and love, and nothing is stronger than these!

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