“Sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things that a man needs to believe in the most: that people are basically good; that honor, courage, and virtue mean everything; that power and money, money and power mean nothing; that good always triumphs over evil; and I want you to remember this, that love, true love, never dies… No matter if they’re true or not, a man should believe in those things because those are the things worth believing in.” –Secondhand Lions

We see things in the news every day. Disasters, scary things. People making unwise decisions and the consequences of their actions hurting others. We see it on tv. We read it in the paper. I stand in the checkout line at the grocery store and, glancing over at the tabloids, I almost feel sick.

“Exclusive: What drove a popular boy to commit mass murder.”

“The Ultimate Betrayal”

“So-and-so and another actor split. Who gets the kids? The fight begins.”

“Secret Lies Exposed”

“Hollywood’s Worst Bodies.”

Wait. This is news? Really? Do we honestly enjoy this gossip? Reading about how other human beings’ lives have been destroyed? Their faces plastered across the front page, their anguish three columns in length for the world to peruse.

And then I return home and I look out my kitchen window while I make dinner. I see my boys playing pirates. No doubt the bad guys will loose, the good guys win. They always do. Good always triumphs over evil. Honor, courage and virtue still exist. People are generally good. They know because they are around goodness and kindness every day. Teachers, bus drivers, librarians, parents, the lady at the grocery store that digs through her purse to find a penny to ride the horse. Money and power simply don’t matter. And love. True, selfless love: they’ve seen it. They see it in grandparents and great-grandparents, and they’ve felt it from all the good people. They know. It’s real. IMG_0795 Their faith is so pure, their innocence refreshing. Their view of life uninhibited and clear.

And again I believe.

6 Comments on “Believe

  1. This is so beautiful, Chelsi. Powerful, yet simple. It is amazing how just believing in true love, kindness, and the goodness of other people can powerfully shape our own life. Our beliefs can be more powerful than almost anything that actually happens in our life–and that is amazing. Thank you for this beautiful post! It was the perfect thing for me to read this Monday morning! 🙂

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    • Yes! Isn’t it crazy how if we believe in good and joy, it doesn’t matter what happens, we can come out on top? I look at people I know that have gone through so much, yet they remain optimistic and hopeful. It’s so hard sometimes, but I know that good will always win and happiness is all around us if we only look. I always love to read your comments. I’m thankful for your friendship! Thank you, Marla!

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  2. Hi! This is so what I believe too. The media and the world sometimes makes me think that all hope is lost. But then I remember the little things–the good and simple things that are good and bring us joy–and I know things will be okay. One reason I blog is to share good things and not let the bad things win. Love love love this post. Thanks for stopping by my blog and being so kind. I am glad to have found your blog now too. I’m your newest follower!!!


    • Oh, thank you, Lisa! I so appreciate your comment. It is so easy to see all the bad and scary things and loose hope. I love that there are those out there reminding us of the good and happy things still in this world, like your blog! Like your post today about the difference simply saying hello can make in someone’s life. I really do think that people are good and that happiness will win. I’m so glad to have met you and am excited to get to know you!


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