Baseball is on my mind today.
I’m not sure why. Maybe because the Giants won the National League West title this week. (Update: THE GIANTS WON THE WORLD SERIES!)
And for some reason I’m calling back that old baseball movie – Bull Durham – and the “I believe” soliloquies that Susan Sarandon and Kevin Costner deliver so well.
I believe in the church of baseball, she says.
I believe in the soul, he says.
(I’ll leave you to your own devices to go find out what else they believe!)
Such sweet words: I believe in…
They are two things at once, both invitation and declaration.
An invitation to look inward and ground ourselves in what we know.
A personal declaration of what truly matters to us.
And on this day when I’m thinking about baseball, I believe in…
- looking, really looking, into someone’s eyes each day.
- the wisdom of your imagination.
- letting things reveal themselves rather than trying to force them.
- finding mentors in unusual, unexpected places.
- the inner voice that rises up and demands to be heard.
- keeping a big bowl of crayons on your kitchen or dining room table.
- telling the story of your life as if it were a fairy tale.
- sleep, rest, renewal, breathing.
- telling people how much you appreciate them.
- our capacity as human beings to create meaning.
- touching base with the moon and the stars each night.
- talking less and listening more.
- walking amongst the trees.
- the power of relationship to foster change.
- writing love letters to your dog or cat or other pet.
- planting things in the earth and tending them.
- creating the future while living deeply right now.
What do you believe in today?
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