There’s things I’ve done I can’t erase
Every night we fall from grace
It’s hard, with the world in your face
Try to hold on, try to hold on. . .
~ Bon Jovi, ‘Keep the Faith’
I believe in the Holy Trinity, and I believe in the Blessed Virgin.
I believe in God, and I believe in science.
I believe in Valium, and I believe in lithium.
I believe in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” and I believe in “New Girl.”
I believe that a cat can quell a panic attack, and I believe that a dog can keep depression at bay.
I believe in The Beatles, and I believe in Sara Bareilles.
And I believe in Hoagy Carmichael.
I believe in Pope Francis, and I believe in the Dalai Lama.
I believe in Kurt Vonnegut, and I believe in Jack Kerouac.
I believe in “The Philadelphia Story,” and I believe in “Love Actually.”
I believe you will never be a first class human being until you learn to have some regard for human frailty.*
I believe you must be fully and utterly broken before you can begin to heal.
I believe this cannot be done alone, without the support of people who do not judge, but only love.
I believe those people (if you are incredibly blessed) can be the family you were born with; but that often you must seek out that family amongst friends and strangers.
I believe in very old movies, and I believe in slightly younger cartoons.
I believe people want to help you, if you will only let them.
I believe you have to have faith in something: in God, in natural law, in your mother, or simply that the sun will rise and there will be another day.
I believe that the good in this world will prevail; that love still trumps hate.
I believe in the power of forgiveness, and I believe in the existence of grace.
I believe in wishing on rainbows and shooting stars; and I believe that four leaf clovers really are magical.
I believe in love.
And I believe in all of you.
*Which is a line straight from “The Philadelphia Story”
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