I had a super-silly post planned for today, but then something happened that’s anything but. One of the most amazing people I’ve ever known passed away this weekend, and I am very, very sad.
I wrote this awhile ago not really knowing why. Now I understand. Gumps…this post is for you. Thank you for inspiring me in every conceivable way. I miss you. Already. So much.
I believe the best way to get the answers you want out of life is to ask a lot of questions.
I believe in working hard to be smart, but that it’s smarter to work hard.
I believe we each control our own destiny, and nobody has the power to change someone who’s determined to self-destruct.
I believe there’s goodness in just about everyone, and in most people? Something great.
I believe in random acts of kindness.
I believe the most rewarding path in life is often circuitous.
I believe in stem cell research, because too many people I care about are either suffering or have died from a curable disease.
I believe the best way to give is to expect nothing in return.
I believe in surrounding myself with talented people, because it’s better to play up than down.
I believe it’s the small things in life that matter the most.
I believe in learning to speak for anyone who feels like they don’t have a voice.
I believe that family and friends are my most valuable possessions.
I believe in second chances, and many more if someone is truly trying to get it right.
I believe in sharing, because the return on investment is priceless.
I believe there’s no such thing as luck, and that life is a series of reactions caused by deliberate choice.
I believe in equality.
I believe in compassion, because even though you may try on someone else’s shoes, you can only walk in your own.
I believe everyone should have the right to marry his or her soul mate.
I believe that life is complicated, and nothing is truly black and white.
I believe the past is a memory, the future unknown, and today is all that really matters.
I believe that positive thinking + positive action = positive results.
I believe insurance is a good back-up plan for future mistakes.
I believe love should be expressed. Openly, honestly, and often.
I believe in charity, because nothing feels better than helping a person in need.
I believe I’ve grown the most as an individual when life has been the hardest.
I believe in paying it forward; you never know when you might need a loan.
I believe in calculated risk.
I believe in laughing at myself; it’s a lot more fun to laugh than cry.
I believe in something bigger than me, because a sunset, the ocean, and the faces of my sleeping children move me in ways that I cannot describe.