Friday, January 29, 2010

"I Believe" Part 1

My sisters, Kristi (left) and Cindi (center), and me (the old one on the right)


My sister sent me this in an e-mail yesterday. It is too beautiful not to share, but it is too long to share in one post. I will post half of it today and the rest on Saturday. Enjoy!


I Believe...
That just because two people argue,
It doesn't mean they don't love each other.
And just because they don't argue,
It doesn't mean they do love each other.

I Believe...
That we don't have to change friends if
We understand that friends change.

I Believe...
That no matter how good a friend is
they're going to hurt you every once in a while,
and you must forgive them for that.

I Believe...
That true friendship continues to grow,
even over the longest distance.
Same goes for true love.

I Believe...
That you can do something in an instant
That will give you heartache for life.

I Believe...
That it's taking me a long time
To become the person I want to be.

I Believe...
That you should always leave loved ones
with
loving words.
It may be the last time you see them.


I Believe...
That you can keep going, long after you think you can't.

I Believe...
That we are responsible for what we do,
no matter how we feel.


I Believe...
That either you control your attitude or it controls you.

I Believe...

That heroes are the people who do what has to be done
when it needs
to be done,
regardless of the consequences.


I Believe...
That my best friend and I can do anything or nothing
and have the best time.


I Believe...
That sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down
will be the ones to help you get back up.

I invite you to add some of your own wisdom to this list.

39 comments:

Janna Qualman said...

Beautiful, deep thoughts. And so worth recognizing. Thanks for this post, Shannon.

Jen said...

Beautiful! I'm so glad you shared this with us :)

Jonathon Arntson said...

Thank you.

Carolyn V. said...

What more can be said? So beautiful! Thanks so much sharing.

Catherine Denton said...

You and your sisters are GORGEOUS!

I believe my life story feels like a tragedy sometimes; but there is always hope around the corner.

I believe a story without conflict could never reach a happy ending.
Winged Writer

Michelle Gregory said...

i believe that when we follow our dreams and come alive, we encourage others to do the same. (i've seen it happen numerous times.)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Janna - I think it's worth it too. :)

Jen - Yay! Glad you liked it.

Jonathon - You're welcome.

Carolyn - Come back for part 2 tomorrow.

Catherine - Thanks for adding to our list. :-)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Michele - oops! We posted together and you made it in ahead of me. thanks for adding to the list - that's a beautiful belief! :)

L. T. Host said...

What a nice post! I love the pic, so cute!

Elana Johnson said...

What a gorgeous picture!

And I love this poem(?). It's great. I believe that there's nothing so hard that I can't live through it. Some of those same sentiments are echoed here.

Angie Kate said...

I believe that all the stresses in the world (be it heartache, sickness, anger, etc.) are the victims of time constraint, and it will be better sooner or later.

Stephanie Thornton said...

I love this one:

I Believe...
That you should always leave loved ones
with loving words.
It may be the last time you see them.


Yet another reason never to go to bed mad.

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

That's great! Thanks for this post!

Tracy said...

Gorgeous picture, and beautiful thoughts.

Hardygirl said...

Lovely!

sf

Roxane B. Salonen said...

Shannon, this is really nice, and particularly well-timed for me. Thanks for sharing. And now, I have to ask, I'm not sure which one of the sisters is you, but I'm dying to know. All of you are beautiful but I'd like a clearer glimpse of my relatively newfound blogging pal. :) I need to know for when we meet in person someday.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Lovely. Thanks for the reminders. Beautiful picture of you and your sisters.

Jill Kemerer said...

Beautiful picture and words! Thanks for sharing!

Roxane B. Salonen said...

Shannon, back again. I feel like we're i.m.ing, practically! You are so funny. You are ALL beautiful, and still spring chicks as well. Thanks so much. To be honest, when I first saw it I thought it was stock photo, it was so gorgoues, picture-perfect. But...it just speaks so much about the gift of sisterhood in a way that only a sister would know. Thanks again, and for clarification. :) Have a super weekend!

Roxane B. Salonen said...

Oops, and that should be gorgeous. Typing fast here!

Sara McClung ♥ said...

Aw, my mom sent me this forward... I really liked it too!! Also, you and your sisters are beautiful!!! At first, I totally thought that was a picture swiped from a bridal website or something :-)

Terresa said...

No wisdom to add here, just a pause and a thank you to you for it.

Kimberly Franklin said...

So beautiful, both the email and the picture. : )

TerryLynnJohnson said...

Gorgeous picture! thank you for sharing.

Shelli said...

damn - you just made me cry!

Candice said...

This is wonderful. Your sister must be very wise.

Jemi Fraser said...

You ladies are gorgeous - what a great picture!!

Beautiful. Simply Beautiful.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

EVERYONE - holy cow! I am so far behind on the comments today. Sorry. I'm glad you are all enjoying "I Believe". Beautiful stuff, isn't it? As for the picture, I just felt like something so emotional required a more personal photo of things loved. Tomorrow's photo for Part 2 is of my darling children.

Katie Ganshert said...

That is beautiful, Shannon! I'm excited to read the second part. :)

Lisa and Laura said...

Old? Whatever!

Ahh...sisters. Thanks for sharing.

Kelly said...

Beautiful thoughts and beautiful ladies!

C. K. Bryant said...

I'm a new follower to your blog and love what I find here. This "I Believe" list is wonderful, as is the rest of the blog. I'll be back.

Sharon Mayhew said...

Shannon--First the photo is wonderful! You all look lovely and happy. :) The rest of the post is wonderful!!!

Suzette Saxton said...

What an amazing photo! I'm hoping that one gets framed and finds a place on your nightstand or vanity, somewhere that you can look at how beautiful you three are. Aren't sisters the greatest?!?

Tina Lynn said...

Lovely. Both the picture and the post. I feel completely uplifted.

Robyn Campbell said...

Shannon, thanks for this. And the pic is absolutely beautiful. All of you look gorgeous!

Sometimes the people we expect to kick us when we're down will be the ones to help us back up. So true girly, so true.

Chasing the Moon said...

This is beautiful and so is the picture of you and your sisters! Oh, and I just love the name of your blog.

Happy to have found my way here! :)

lora96 said...

Exceedingly beautiful picture!

I believe:

a good book is as good as therapy.
singing loudly to the radio in traffic is healthy.
writing what no one but oneself may ever read is a triumph of will.

lora96 said...

Exceedingly beautiful picture!

I believe:

a good book is as good as therapy.
singing loudly to the radio in traffic is healthy.
writing what no one but oneself may ever read is a triumph of will.

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