I Believe …

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You know I love me some underdogs.

It’s not just being the anti-favorite in a game or in life – it’s a lifestyle. It’s humility and hope, it’s dreams and down-to-earth. It has one common ingredient, one building block that makes everything else possible. And without it, it’s tough to accomplish anything.

It’s belief.

To believe it’s possible marks the first step. Not to sound all Dali Lama on you, but it’s true. I believe in a universe of beliefs. Weeks ago, I started a list, both serious and funny. It came together, 42 beliefs.

Just in time for a post I wanted to write in support of a special supporter of this blog. You’ll see in No. 42.

What’s something you believe?

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1. I believe the lessons kids learn without riches in life will serve them longer than if they had them.

2. I believe when you believe in a child, you should tell her. You replenish that reserve of jet fuel she’ll tap into right when she needs it.

3. I believe if you call yourself an expert – you aren’t.

4. I believe it’s best to confront fear to conquer it – unless it’s poisonous snakes, lava, or a band of Tusken Raiders.

5. I believe in the excellence of the University of Colorado Buffaloes. I also believe in the evil of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers.

6. I believe in the power of fierceness. I also believe in the value of patience and the knowledge to appreciate the best time to apply each. Also, in humor, for times you’re not sure which.

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7. I don’t believe in as a rotten day. How could you call it that if you haven’t even had lunch? A rotten morning, yes, but don’t damn the day for that.

8. I believe that words are only part of what we say.

9. I believe annoyance isn’t the best way to start a conversation with a 14-year-old. It’s especially not recommended in the morning, before school.

10. I believe the day you become a dad happens on the day you stop fretting over the condition of your car’s paint. The same goes for stains on the living room floor or how messy your hair becomes.

11. I believe the best way ensure people treat each other right might just be to treat each other right.

12. I believe that if you find yourself in sadness, turn the examination inward. Focus on yourself. That’s the healthiest step anyone can take with a broken heart.

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13. I believe Norah Jones’ “Come Away With Me” ranks as one of the greatest love song ever written.

14. I believe having to pick between pork or spinach enchiladas can be nothing but sad.

15. I believe when you feel flat, those who love you see you as anything but.

16. I believe it’s wise to exercise our little bit of crazy occasionally, or it might fade away.

17. I believe John Denver’s “Annie’s Song” also rates as one of the greatest love song ever.

18. I believe an aware and compassionate person enhances the world in profound ways they couldn’t if they simply sat in a church pew.


19. I believe when kids show their character, it’s not all a reflection of what we tell them. It’s also a peek at what we’ve model for them.

20. I believe Taco Night can’t go wrong – unless you serve tofu or other agent of Satan.

21. I believe a child who smiles when she plays soccer understands the game in ways I wish we all did.

22. I believe we wait for a magic moment to change our world. Really, that transformation happens in increments leading to that moment.

23. I believe it’s boss to eat birthday cake on days it’s no one’s birthday.

24. I believe 96% of Christmas trees qualify as majestic. The other 4% are still regal.

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25. I believe all ice skating to be a beautiful defiance of physics.

26. I believe it’s helpful to sum up our year, even if parts elicit pain. We can check back on the words and see what we’ve conquered.

27. I believe in the pursuit of what I assume I should accomplish, I lose sight of what I’ve become along the way.

28. I believe I speak to myself in ways I’d never dream of speaking to anyone else.

29. I believe profanity should at least follow correct grammar.

30. I believe my soul feels every bit introvert. Myers-Briggs can still call me an extrovert.


31. I believe for those blessed with children, or those who never become parents or have a difficult road to parenthood, there exists a reverence for the parts of it over which we hold no control.

32. I believe nothing smells and feels quite like a fresh newborn in your hands. A bacon cheeseburger presents a possible exception.

33. I believe we should worry less about what happens. If we can invest in what comes after, we’ll find happiness. At least I hope we can.

34. I believe a single song can turn around a day.

35. I believe I AM an alpha male, even if I’m not a mighty lion. Don’t be fooled.

36. I believe when we sweat the small stuff for those we love, it demonstrates a cognizance of the whole picture.

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37. I believe in lucky socks.

38. I believe TV kids should be quieter.

39. I believe after watching an episode of “Dance Moms,” I’ll remain a soccer coach.

40. I believe that if you drive close enough to my back bumper that I not only can’t see your headlights, and also can smell what you had for breakfast on your breath, I won’t drive even 1 mph faster.

41. I believe it’s OK for Latino dad to find a refried beans recipe from a white lady’s food blog.

42. I believe that incredible things are possible when we not only search for the answers we seek, but also hold out to the universe the gifts we have.

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  1. I loved this, Eli. True heart stuff here. And…only 42? Is that number significant…like a birthday? 😉

  2. I agree wholeheartedly on Number 5, amigo. Although I am not sure “excellence” and “CU” belong in the same sentence. 😀 Nebraska sucks.

    I used to drive by CU almost every day on the way to the strip club…I mean Mass. My Mom still lives in Central City, CO.

    1. I think to disparage the huskers takes more than the Buffs are good for these days. Even in Colorado’s sucky condition, they still have Mork and Mindy. Husk *that* Nebraska.

      Maybe the Buffs needed your strip club mojo to keep in the spotlight. You need to take one for the team, amigo.

  3. There will be no rotten Monday in my neck of the woods thanks to you!
    What a fantastic list!

    Sidebar: “Expert” is a word that resides in my job description and how my account exec partners introduce me to their customers. It makes me squirm something terrible! Whenever I get presented as the “expert” you almost see the room stiffen as they wonder “who the heck is this?”
    Finally, I’ve learned a way to combat that by saying, “An expert is just somebody from out of town with colored slides.” It lightens the mood immediately.
    That said, I think a little Nora Jones playing in the background would be the perfect addition.

    I’m printing this list, Eli. It’s absolutely perfect!

    1. Down with rotten Mondays! They’re so fascist, as any expert will tell you.

      I love your definition of expert! So true. You have slides, will travel?

      Norah is always the right choice, Michelle. Always.

    1. You’re so right, Kerri!

      I love your post and for rounding everyone up today. I hope I did it justice by directing readers to the page you corrected. Much love to you both.

  4. I like the reminder that, just because the morning is rotten, doesn’t mean that the rest of the day will be awful, too. Thanks for using grammatically correct swears in that one. 😉

  5. So many of these things are things I believe, too – definitely never use tofu on taco night!! And, I know that I speak to myself in ways I wouldn’t dream of speaking to anyone else!!

  6. I especially like number one. I remind myself of this often in parenting. Unfortunately our kids won’t agree until they’re much much older!

  7. This is really awesome! Had to share it. I love them all, but especially #1 and #19. Giggled a little about the Colorado and Nebraska thing…I used to have quite the rivalry going with a guy I worked with who had gone to Nebraska, and I of course went to Colorado. Are they even rivals anymore?

    1. Glad you liked it, Michelle. And thanks for the share! I’m reminded of No. 19 all the time! Colorado and nebraska aren’t in the same conference anymore, but I think the hatred should live on forever!

    1. I’ll settle for ‘most.’ Calling yourself an expert is like calling yourself awesome – it’s better if someone else calls you that.

      You’ve had to make that enchilada choice, haven’t you?

      When you wear lucky socks, you believe not even untied shoes can stop you.

      1. That’s right. These things should be said by other people. PR instead of advertising, you know?

        Yes, that was me having dinner at this pseudo Mexican restaurant. I went for the beef burrito instead. And I won’t go back there.

        All my lucky socks are so fluffy I can’t wear shoes with them. Hey, wait a minute, I have orange Halloween socks, but no green St. Patrick’s Day socks – they should be super lucky, right?

  8. WOW, Eli. You had me at #1 and I kept say Uh huh, yep, OMG, totally, right…etc.. These are incredibly insightful and potent.

    BTW If Henry, had been a girl, his name would have been Norah 🙂 Love me some. Norah Jones (she’s magic and art-wrapped into a melody)

    1. Thanks Jodi. I piled these up over a few months. Glad you liked them!

      Always a backup name, right? Tyson, Kyle and Hudson would have been my sons. I couldn’t have described Norah Jones’ music better. Diana Krall and Kesha and Jules Day brighten my music day, but no one gives that glow like Norah does.

  9. Well this started off great and as I kept reading, I keep nodding and saying ‘yup, that one too.” These are great beliefs, insights, and quite a revelation about the dude behind the blog.
    Norah Jones – good song. I think I love her cover of “The Nearness of You” best, though. Maybe because it’s one of the Hub’s favorites or because I love when he plays it. OH “Annie’s Song.” Brings back such memories of my Mom singing, of all things. Love that one, too.
    Great stuff. Off to do more catching up…

    1. Thanks Lisa. There’s a lot darting around between the ears, and out of the fingertips, so all I did was set out some fly paper for it.

      That Norah Jones song says it all for love as far as I’m concerned. “The Nearness of You” is also stellar.

      Glad you’re catching up … I will do the same.

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