Explain the change, the difference between
What you want and what you need, there's the key,
Your adventure for today, what do you do
Between the horns of the day?
I believe my shirt is wearing thin
And change is what I believe in
When I was young and give and take
And foolish said my fool awake
When I was young and fever fell
My spirit, I will not tell
You're on your honor, on your honor
Trust in your calling, make sure your calling's true
Think of others, the others think of you
Silly rule golden words make, practice, practice makes perfect,
Perfect is a fault, and fault lines change
REM – I Believe
Sorry, couldn’t help that. From the moment I knew I had to write an “I believe” statement, this song has been dancing through my incredibly distractible brain. It does, in a melodious manner, describe many things I do believe. I believe in “Silly golden words”, in change, in “time as an abstract” and in the difference between “what you want and what you need”. Committing my many fragmented thoughts into a coherent statement has been challenging – akin to writing the dreams of clouds. Clouds transform themselves constantly, and my beliefs adjust, swirl and modify themselves weekly, daily, and moment to moment. I firmly believe in change, growth and transformation of myself, and the world around me. Change, evolution and wonder are constants for me, and are the sifting bedrock that I am anchored to.
I love quotes. On my ipod I engraved one of my favourites, “I am not young enough to know everything” – by Oscar Wilde. I knew so much more when I was younger. I was certain about many, many things, things that now I consider fleeting.
I believe the human race is not as important as we have been lead to believe. I think evolution may eventually empty the planet of my species. Change is constant, adapt, or be left behind. In many ways I am embarrassed about the actions of humanity to life on this planet. I believe the planet is stronger than any of us and will carry on with or without us, and that choice is ours to make. I do not believe nature is something to be dominated and mastered, or managed even.
I believe heaven and hell are both within us, and it is our thinking that determines where we land. I believe in god. Not as a paternalistic judgmental figure, but as universal energy that exists in everything, as something outside of and greater than me and also something inherent to me. I believe our separateness is an illusion and that all living things are connected on one level. I pray and mediate daily, without petition. I ask my higher self for guidance, acceptance and courage in prayer, and I mediate to listen and to still my chaotic mind, if only for a moment. My self discipline is not the best, and I continue to work on this. Whether we created the gods or they us, is an interesting speculation, one that I have no definitive answer for.
I believe in tolerance. My beliefs are my own, as other’s beliefs are their own. I struggle with my own intolerance, arrogance and bigotry. I believe outer world harmony can be achieved through inner, personal harmony, and not without. If there is not internal harmony, then any outward appearance of it is farcical. I believe harmony is obtainable, and that tolerance of others is key to it.
Finally, I believe life is for living, preferably with a good dose of humour and love.