the twelfth day of Christmas…

And so, we come to the last day. Did you know ‘twelve drummers drumming’ is actually refering to the twelve points of doctrine of the Apostles’ Creed? After I read them, it was very clear to me that these points were all about belief. 

Whoever you are, whatever background you come from, every person  lives by a core set of beliefs that are personal and meaningful to them.  For example, some would’ve been brought up with “I believe it’s wrong to kill any living creature” – unless you were raised on a farm where killing (sick animals, feral creatures) may have been a way of life.  “I believe the truth should be told” is another… unless you’re a guy and your partner asks “does my butt look big in this?” 😆   

And when I think about the phrase, “I believe…” I’m immediately reminded of Kevin Costner’s sexy monologue he gives Susan Sarandon in Bull Durham (warning – dirty talk up ahead): ” I believe in the soul, the cock, the pussy, the small of a woman’s back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. I believe in the sweet spot, soft-core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days. ”  Whew!  😯

I’ve never really analysed my beliefs that deeply: some have been with me since childhood, some have been learned the hard way.  Here’s just a few I’d like to share.

I believe we should be kind to others.   I believe in the power of healing by positive thought.  I believe that once a heart is broken, it can never be completely mended.   I believe that some people are happier alone.  I believe in the punishment befitting the crime.  I believe animals have a lot to teach us and how we treat them is a great indicator of a person’s soul.  I believe in the silent beauty of snow, the glorious glow of a summer sunrise and the sweet, joyous euphoria of a great book or moving piece of music.  I believe in tears of joy as well as of sadness, evolution and the power of a good day planner and the right shade of lip gloss.  I believe OJ did it, that Pluto should’ve never been reclassed “a dwarf planet”, that Veronica Mars and Firefly were axed way before their prime, that the brain is a wonderful, complex thing, that kids should be allowed to be kids for as long as possible and children watch way too much sex and violence on TV.  And I also believe that sometimes, you have to hurt the ones you love in order to be truly happy.

What are your beliefs?  Share a few of them and you could win a surpise Christmas gift!  BTW I did intend to add some pikkies but my computer died and I’m posting this from my gym 😦    I believe computers know exactly when to screw you over…


38 Responses to “the twelfth day of Christmas…”

  1. 1 RobynL
    December 18, 2008 at 8:49 am

    Wow, what a profound post today; I truly enjoyed reading it.
    I believe animals have a lot to teach us and how we treat them is a great indicator of a person’s soul– I so agree with this and lived it with our 14 yr. old puppy that we had put to sleep a few months ago. My heart still aches for him; he was our friend, companion, consoler, etc.
    I believe in learning to love someone and then falling in love with that person because you get to know him/her on a more profound level.
    I believe in things happen for a reason; there are angels watching over us; life after death and the list goes on.

  2. 2 Raonaid
    December 18, 2008 at 9:33 am

    I believe a person’s beauty should be judged from the inside than the outter shell. The outter shell is just a glamor sometimes to hide a rotten inside. I believe we all have a purpose and reason in this life, some of us find it easily, and sometimes it takes others a little more work to find what that true purpose and reason is.

  3. 3 Avi J
    December 18, 2008 at 9:34 am

    What a lovely way to close the 12 days of christmas. One of my belief is that if you do good always, good will always follow you.

  4. 4 anne
    December 18, 2008 at 9:39 am

    Thanks for your lovely and meaningful post. I believe that each of us has the ability to contribute to a great world,. I believe that each person you meet is a gift and that we should be patient and not judge quickly. I believe that there is a soulmate for each one of us and we will be better off with this special one. I believe in beshert since it has happened to me many times and is wonderful. Thanks again and all the best for a wonderful season.

  5. 5 MElissa
    December 18, 2008 at 9:42 am

    I believe love is a choice and That children remind us how to have fun. I also believe that hunting for sport is cruel. I believe that the perfect day is curled up with a hot cup of coffee,a good book and watching the snow fall outside the window. I believe in life after death,Long walks on the beach, that anyone can change, and cookies can brighten any mood. I also believe that Firefly was cut to short:)

  6. December 18, 2008 at 10:05 am

    Great post, Paula. Goodness, you’ve got me thinking here.

    I believe that if you find a spot or a lump you should get it checked STRAIGHT AWAY, and not wait for ages. Chances are you worry too long over something you shouldn’t, alternatively, if you need to worry, at least you’re worrying with professionals who can do something about it. I believe that tolerance is vital to a happier world. I believe that happiness is a choice and, while it can be hard to work at and requires constant work, the rewards are worth it. I believe you reap what you sow and you should always be careful about what you send out into the world because it will come back to you. I believe that small hurts grow into big ones if they’re not acknowledged. I believe in romance, in happy ever after and in healing–hearts, minds and relationships. I believe in love at first sight. I believe that solitude can be a good thing. I believe in the power of friendships and family… and I believe I should probably stop now 😉

  7. 7 LJ
    December 18, 2008 at 10:10 am

    Treat others with respect and respect will be given to you. A favourite of mine

  8. 8 Dina
    December 18, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Dog is man’s best friend. I strongly believe this. My dog is so smart and special, l know she picks up on my moods and know just the right time time to cuddle close when l am sad. I even brought her into the country where l am an exchange student, She is my best pal.

  9. 9 Gina
    December 18, 2008 at 10:22 am

    I believe in love at first sight. The heart knows things, that the brain may take a while to catch up.
    Hope you gals are having a great Christmas season down under 😀

  10. 10 Sarah
    December 18, 2008 at 10:35 am

    I believe that animals sometimes have a better judge of character than humans.

    I believe that if you purposely abuse, neglect, and hurt animals you should be tried like you hurt a human being.

    I believe that teachers should be punished for having a double standard for students they like.

    I believe that one day technology will fail and no one will know what to do.

    I believe that children and teens are getting pregnant and having sex way too early (10 and 11? COME ON!.

    I believe that if you are old enough to fight for your country, die for your country, and kill for your country, you should be old enough to drink.

    🙂 We just did a small segment on our beliefs in class the other day, so I just used some from my list!

    Merry Christmas!!!

  11. 11 catslady
    December 18, 2008 at 10:58 am

    Ahhh I found this on the last day but better late than never 🙂 My beliefs – no one is better than anyone else and all things are possible! And the golden rule is still the best.

  12. 12 azteclady
    December 18, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    Thank you for the lovely post, Paula!

    I believe that love is never wasted, but that no one should stop living while waiting for it to be returned.

    I believe that each person chooses whether to be happy or miserable by how we react to the small and the big things in life, good, bad or in between.

    I believe that being kind to people whenever we can is a very small way to say thanks for being alive.

    I believe that animals are incredible sources of joy and love and appreciation for life, every day. (Robyn, I am sorry about your pup; I have just made the decision myself, for my own beloved Laika)

    I believe that honesty doesn’t have to be abrasive and that kind malice hurts more deeply than harsh sincerity.

    There’s more but I think I’ve said plenty as it is.

    Happy holidays to everyone!

  13. December 18, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    I believe in courtesy and respect. I believe that even if someone is having a terrible day, this does not give them the excuse to be nasty to the nice bookseller at the register because she asked if you wanted a gift receipt and you just don’t have the time to answer such asinine questions. I believe just like we have ‘secret shoppers’ at stores, we shold have not-so-secret ‘secret gooders’ at stores who hand out nice gifts like candy, flowers, something to all the nice polite people (and verbally say “please accept this token of my appreciation for your expression of courtesy as encouragement to continue being good to others” and to tell the nasty witch people who ask why they didn’t get a gift “please understand that because you were a nasy witch person to that nice sales person at the register, you shall get nothing”. I believe that if grown adults/teenagers want to act like five-year-olds in public places, they should be treated like them.

    I also believe in getting free, nice things every now and again because everyone needs a little pick me up. 😉

  14. 14 Eshani
    December 18, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Thank you for such a lovely and thoughtful post.
    I belive that we are responsible for our own actions, and the consequences that result (whether good or bad).
    I belive that a loving family can build a strong foundation for a person’s character.
    I believe that a good book can chase away the blues.
    I belive it’s important to let go of the negative influence in our lives (ex. negative people, habits).
    I belive it’s important to not take things/people for granted, and show appreciation as often as possible.
    and I belive in true love, and and working for that happily ever after.
    Happy Holidays!!

  15. December 18, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Wow. What a fabulous post to end our 12 days of Christmas. Thanks Paula! If I had to nut it all down I’d say, I believe in family, and I believe you should be the best person you can be and leave the rest to Him. 🙂

  16. December 18, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Wonderful post, Paula. I believe books are necessary for good health 🙂

  17. 17 Rachel Bailey
    December 18, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    Lovely post! I believe in chocolate. I believe in dogs. I believe in being the best version of you that you can be. I believe in love. I believe in stories. I believe in joy. I believe in chocol– wait, did I say that one already?

  18. 18 Kristin H
    December 18, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    Wow. I just read a story on msn about how hunters are killing legally protected wolves in Michigan. One hunter said that, “People are just fed up,” because, “they’re born killers.” I believe that hunter needs to look in the mirror (or be shot) to show him who the real killer is…

  19. 19 Jill Merriott
    December 18, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    I believe what’s important in life is how you treat others. I’ve also learned that when you love, love with everything you have because you don’t know when you will lose it. I lost my husband suddenly 2 years ago after 12 short years together and my 4-legged furry canine baby also suddenly 6 months ago after 10 short years. I’ve learned to say I love you to the ones I love regularly because you might not get to say it that one last time. Books have gotten my through some really dark times in my life and I Thank all the talented Authors that provides just what I need to keep me going by letting me escape, for a moment, into the magical worlds that all of you have created.

  20. 20 limecello
    December 18, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Paula – what a wonderful post! Sorry to hear about your computer- hopefully its easily fixed. (I keep trying to run through the apostle’s creed in my head now…)

    I believe in remembering what the holidays are really about.
    I believe in cookies and hugs.
    I believe that very little is exactly as it seems.
    I believe in (like many others here) friendship and love.

    And I believe in SLEEP! It’s 3:40 AM and I’m going to bed :X

  21. 21 Maureen
    December 18, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    What a great post. It is definitely something I don’t think about but here goes.
    I believe that you really should treat others as you wish to be treated. I believe that the glass is half full. I believe that we should be grateful for each day that we are here on this earth. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday.

  22. 22 PaulaZZZ
    December 18, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    This is such a neat post, thank you.

    I believe nothing is perfect but something can be just right. I believe laughter is good for your mental and physical health. I believe you should be kind to others and to yourself.

    Happy Holidays to all!

  23. 23 Darla
    December 18, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    I believe before you own an animal you need to know how to take care of it and be willing to take care of all its needs…not just when it suits you or you have time!

    I believe when you dicipline your children the punishment should fit whatever the’ve done. Time outs are not always the answer and swats on the butt are not always the answer. Sometimes you have to be creative, so they understand the consequences.

    I believe children should be encouraged to make their own decisions (within reason) for their age.

    I believe grandkids should be spoiled royally each visit before they go home to there parents! lol

    I believe I want to wish you all A very Merry Christmas, full of what you want or need!

  24. 24 Suzette
    December 18, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    I believe in God
    I believe in the power of Faith
    I believe in the power of prayer
    I believe in True Love and Soul Mates
    I believe that my children are two of my greatest accomplishments
    I believe that what goes around, comes around so be careful what you do and how you treat others
    I believe that we should all have at least one best friend
    I believe romance is alive (my husband proves it to me time and again)
    I believe in forgiveness though it may be hard to give
    I believe that words can touch your soul

  25. December 19, 2008 at 12:40 am

    Wow – very thought provoking Paula.

    I believe in the power of a loving family and friends.
    I believe in treating others with respect and kindness.
    I believe in trying to be the best person you can be.
    I believe every day has blessings (even if you can’t see them)
    I believe in letting those you care about know how much they mean to you.
    I believe in having a good laugh and/or cry.
    I believe we should view the world with the wonderment of a child every once in a while.
    I believe in good food.
    I believe stories are good for your soul.
    I believe we shouldn’t try to be perfect and that perfection is only an illusion.
    I believe life can be a roller coaster ride.
    I believe in a Higher Power – whatever people call that (for me it’s God)


  26. 26 Ellen
    December 19, 2008 at 1:30 am

    I also believe that kindness toward others is important and that includes helping all year not just on special occasions. And helping those you don’t know as well as your friends and family.

  27. 27 Aideen
    December 19, 2008 at 2:25 am

    I believe in God. I believe that the power of love can bring change and I believe in helping others when it is within your power to do so

  28. 28 Dena
    December 19, 2008 at 4:55 am

    I believe in God, I believe that Love can conquer all and that everyone deserves a second chance. Great post.

  29. 29 Lisa lee
    December 19, 2008 at 6:14 am

    I strongly believe in God, l believe that we are placed on this earth for a purpose and each new day we face is a blessing.

  30. 30 Jane
    December 19, 2008 at 6:55 am

    I agree with you about “Veronica Mars.” I believe that sometimes you have to lie to save your loved one from being hurt. Sometimes the truth hurts. I believe in karma. You reap what you sow.

  31. 31 Rose
    December 19, 2008 at 7:24 am

    l belive in miracles and divine intervention. There are things we cannot explain but know that it happened because God is in control

  32. 32 Sandra
    December 19, 2008 at 8:29 am

    Great post Paula.
    I believe in kindness and in the power of love.
    And in books, laughter, chocolate and wine).

  33. 33 Nathalie
    December 19, 2008 at 9:55 am

    I believe in destiny and in the great things men can do.
    I belive that helth and family are crucial to one’s life.
    I believe that sweets are always useful when feeling down!

  34. December 19, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Wow, I’m offline for one day and look at all this traffic! I believe that my entire writing files can be destroyed in one single thunderstorm. Still waiting to hear with bated breath.. BACK UP every day, people and remove that backup source from the computer!

    I love hearing about other people’s beliefs – some I’m now added to my list (thanks, guys!) include beauty from within rather than outside; great words can make your soul soar; having a good laugh or cry (yeah, I cry almost every day because things move me – not because I’m sad!); and definitely, PaulaZZZ (hey, is that asleep?) that laughter is good for your health. And books. And chocolate 😀

    Sarah – totally agree with you about teen pregancy/sex. My nieces are 11 and 13 and I shudder about the stuff they’re allowed to watch…

    To everyone with pets in their lives – enjoy the unconditional love 😀

    And now, the prize draw… # 10 – that’s Sarah! Email me your addy and the prize is yours!

  35. 35 Lorraine
    December 19, 2008 at 11:34 am

    Very eloquent post today. Though the content may differ, everyone has in common the simple ability to state, “I believe” and proceed with the next thought that comes into their head. In face, I propose that this become the new standard response when conversation stalls and we look around for the next topic… even if it ends with “I’ll go get another drink!”. Personally, I believe that there is a reason, whatever it might be, for us to be who we are and were we are right now in life. You simply don’t know if you’re the lead character or a member of the supporting cast and your role can change during the course of your performance. I believe you should ask your self “why not?” instead of “why should I do this?”. I believe that surprising someone by finding a way to make their day is the greatest pleasure we can have.

  36. 36 azteclady
    December 19, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Congrats, Sarah–and Paula, thank you so much!

  37. 37 julietrevelyan
    December 19, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    Wow…cool post. Few more to add:

    I believe in compassion.
    I believe in forgiveness.
    I believe in second chances.
    I believe in saying no.
    I believe in saying yes.
    I believe in the power of love.
    I believe that kindness is the greatest tool we each have.
    I certainly believe that we all (including me!) can always learn something from someone else, whether that someone else is much younger, much older, of a different color or sex of religion or nationality or whatever, furry, four-legged, finned, or winged.

    I believe that this is a wonderful way to think about the holidays, and what it’s all really about…thanks.

  38. 38 Deidre
    December 20, 2008 at 11:40 am

    I believe that children are our future. (yes, I know that’s in a song, but it’s still true)
    I believe that love, patience and understanding are the answers for pretty much all of life’s questions.
    I believe that there is something after this life.
    I believe that kindness does pay off.
    I believe that it is better to give than to receive.
    I believe that my children will make a mark upon the world.
    I believe that I will be missed when I’m gone.


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