Calli in Florida
Hello: I get your emails daily and wanted to know if you have a data base of the subject titles. I am particularly interested in sections on 'beliefs.' Thank you very much for being.
Yes, if you go to the home page of coffeytalk.com you will see the archives of the first 2 years of Daily Wisdom - I haven't archived anything since then, and it's been another 2 years! But here's what went out about "belief":
"Believe that you may understand."
-St. Augustine (A.D. 354 - 430)
Belief is the first step toward understanding, which then leads to knowledge, wisdom, faith, and conviction. Belief suggests that we are to trust something that we can't necessarily see. We have to take someone's word for it. Or we have to trust our own inner vision that something is possible which hasn't happened yet. Belief takes strength, and it can help us to grow.
"Believe in something larger than yourself."
-Barbara Bush (1925 - )
We often hear: "Believe in yourself." I don't know if it's all that easy sometimes. But when we have trouble believing in ourselves, when we have doubts, we can always believe in that something larger than ourselves. There's that spirit, that energy, that "Something" to which we are all connected, and from which we draw our strength, that keeps us going.
"Some things have to be believed to be seen."
-Ralph Hodgson (1871 - 1962)
Skeptics say: "I'll believe it when I see it." But belief often works the other way around - we see it when we believe it! What is the criteria for manifesting something? It starts with believing, knowing, asserting that which we want to be true. Ah, and then it happens - and we see that we were right all along! There is power is belief.
"To believe in something not yet proved and to underwrite it with our lives: it is the only way we can leave the future open."
-Lillian Smith, The Journey (1954)
Wow. Think of all the people throughout history who have done just that. And that is why we are where we are today! The Wright brothers believe in flight - something not yet proven. Alexander Graham Bell believed in communicating over wires. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates believed that a crazy thing called a computer belonged in everyone's house! All of these people took risks, they underwrote their beliefs with their lives. And thank goodness they did! The future is wide open.
"All things are possible to him who believes."
-Jesus, Mark 9:23
It's as simple and as beautiful as this statement. All things are possible to him who believes. Believes what? To him who believes that all things are possible! Believe that all things are possible and they are! Believe that things are impossible and they are! We can choose what we believe. I believe in infinite possibilities!
"You gotta believe."
-Tug McGraw (1944)
Tug McGraw played baseball for the New York Mets. In the 1973 National League pennant race, he would repeat this saying over and over again to his team. It became a kind of mantra for him. What he meant with those little words was: we can do this, we can win this, know it in your heart, see it, believe it! And it worked. The Mets went from 5th place to 1st place that year, and won the pennant!