In my now nearly 11 months of blogging, my favorite post so far has been “Crash Davis and the Belief Statement – My Turn”. It started out as a way to put myself “out there” and define my beliefs as concisely as I could (not a bad exercise to begin with), but it has become more than that – it has served as a means of “deep” conversation among my friends in the blogosphere, sharing our cores and deepening our connections.
The “tail” on this post has been longer than most, most likely because coming up with a Belief Statement isn’t a five minute task. For example, Drew McLellan at the Marketing Minute just posted his the other day (“What do you Believe In?”). I repeat it below because it’s elegance and depth of feeling was inspiring:
-being a dad is the most important thing I’ll ever do and that my daughter is my legacy to this world.
-in God’s grace.
-passion cannot be ignored.
-in the healing powers of walking along the ocean.
-in savoring when you hit the sweet spot…and knowing how to recreate it.
-everyone should have at least one guilty pleasure and one place that makes them feel like a kid again. (Mine is Disney World!)
-life’s best smells are babies, a puppy’s belly, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, the softness of a special perfume as you dance to a slow song and a horse barn. (I do not necessarily recommend that these smells be mixed)
-good people become great people when they give from their hearts and that most bad people are good people who are stuck.
-we are never too old to play and be silly.
-that nothing says I love you quicker than holding hands.
-baseball is a metaphor for life and that doing what’s right often means hitting a sacrifice bunt.
-the word empower should be removed from the English language.
-we all decide the spirit of our day.
-in the resilience of the human spirit, the depth of the human heart and the potential of the human imagination.
-that everything is about relationships and people hunger to connect.
-I am on this earth to be a part of things bigger than myself, to give all that I have and to love without hesitation or reservation.
Wow. This post has resulted in other Belief Statements (in Drew’s comments) by Roberta Rosenberg, Valeria Maltoni, and Kammie Kobyleski. I’ve also posted about other Statements by bloggers here and here, and check out the links to the “My Turn” post. Thank you all for joining this dialogue, and thanks again to Ron Shelton, the writer of Bull Durham and the creator of Crash Davis (here is the original “statement”).
And yes, I still believe in the “incredible potential of the human spirit” (how could I not after reading all the other statements)!