Why I Believe

Written by on August 2, 2006 in Conversations on the Healing Journey with 0 Comments

So easy to get discouraged
to live in dismay
to turn off
to run and hide
to seek refuge in apathy or fanaticism
to succumb to a sense of helplessness and fall into despair.

To be so empty to become full our ourselves
and nothing else

So easy to despair
which is why we can’t do it.

Because we…the earth and our children deserve better.
Because we were not made to lie down and die…or to kill each other.

Because we were made to paint,
to dance and sing,
to raise families or be part of one,
to explore the vastness of our world and the fullness of our hearts,
to use our minds to discern our actions and impact on each other and the environment,
to live with dignity and when the time comes
to die with grace.

There are already people living like this,
and a choice that is open to one is open to all…or, at least, enough to make a difference.

And the bottom line is if it’s a choice I can make,
it doesn’t matter if others are or not.

I’m responsible for me and what I bring to life.

And so I believe, steadfastly and hesitantly,
stubbornly refusing to become the cynic
a part of me already is,
but to go beyond it,
taking it lovingly with me,
to a place of healing,
as I hold this vision of a world of peace,
filled with people living meaningful lives
with more than tolerance, but reverence
for the earth and for each other.

I don’t need to know how it will all turn out.
I don’t need to have all the answers.

I just need one – mine.
And I choose to keep the dream
by living as much of it as I can.



About the Author

About the Author: Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist, uses spoken, written word and original songs in her human rights activism. She's a long time traveler on the healing journey and has a lifelong love affair with the creative process. .


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