In the wake of my “Crash Davis Belief Statement” several great folks have posted their own, and another person (my good friend Tom Vander Well) is going to post his shortly. As I’ve pointed out before, they are brilliant “snapshots” of our uniqueness as well as our connectedness. To illustrate this point I’m presenting three of them consecutively, along with my thanks to each of the authors for stepping up and telling the blogging world what they believe. It’s good to know each of you a lot better (and get a deeper understanding of the inspiration for your posts) because of it.
Mike Sansone, Converstations:
“I believe in smiling eyes, firm handshakes and others first. I believe if you’re in public, you’ve made yourself accessible…that we’re all contagious and choose our own contagion…the wonder of curiosity and the power of teamwork. I believe the decision of love precedes the feeling of love…of being child-like, but not child-ish.
I believe we’re created equally and die the same – it’s what happens in between that matters most…that unequal circumstances shouldn’t be treated equally…I can learn something from everyone. I believe an empty ballpark is romantic (it’s where I got married), the smell of freshly cut grass, and mornings before sunrise, listening first, laughing last and living 24 hours each day. Mistakes are Tuition, Hit it or Quit it, Rules are for Schools.”
Mary Schmidt, Mary’s Blog:
“I believe in open skies and open minds. In laughing when you most want to cry. In giving when one has the least to give. In preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. In fighting for causes even when (particularly) when they’re lost. I believe that business people are people first. That integrity is something we live, not wordsmith. That leaders shouldn’t whine and followers are accountable. I believe there should be a law against reality shows and nobody should ever again utter or write the words, “Paris Hilton,” unless they’re referring to the hotel. I believe that good people do bad things for the right reasons and bad people will surprise you. I believe that this heart beat right now is the only sure thing and that every day should be lived as a good day to die.”
“I believe that jazz artistry of the Dave Brubeck Quartet is proof that a good and benevolent God exists. I believe the music of Neal Diamond is evidence that malovelent evil plagues our world. I believe there is no better drink than sun tea brewed in a glass jar on a Summer day. I believe that work is about being part of something bigger than yourself. I believe that good customer service makes the world a better place. I believe what I do for my customers will have eternal rewards. I believe in sauteed onions. I believe in crispy bacon. I believe in cleavage. I believe in the smell of gun powder coming from my shotgun on a cold fall day is a fragrance from Heaven. I believe in absolute truth and I believe the day I married my wife I became one of the luckiest men on the face of this earth.”
What about all of you? Join the chorus, express yourself, and tell us what you believe!