â€œI believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.â€
This, my friends, is The Storyteller’s Creed. I have lived it and breathed it all my life. As I examined that creed, I realized that I have other beliefs. You might think them a bit syrupy, but here they are:
- I believe that a smile is infectious. We should try to start a plague TODAY.
- I believe, as did Ben Franklin, that “The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”
- I believe that that we all have a choice to live in a world filled with beauty. For beauty is everywhere, in even the most mundane of things, but we must open our eyes to see it. The most beautiful part of this belief, is that every day, it is your own choice to wake up to a world of beauty…or not.
- I believe that words can be powerful tools to heal and soothe, OR they can be vicious weapons. I believe that words, once spoken, can never be undone. I believe it would be nice if politicians believed that, so we could witness a political campaign about issues instead of about what’s wrong with “the other guy.”
- I believe that if we can recognize the tiny absurdities of life, and laugh at them, we could all have joyous hearts.
- I believe that most people are inherently good (despite what the news media would have you believe). All you have to do is give them half a chance.
- I believe that giving to others is one of the most fulfilling things that a person can do. I believe that everyone likes to feel “needed,” and that giving a gift of the heart fulfills that need.
- I believe, I’m giving you a chance to give.
Marilyn has taken me up on it! She has created these lovely charms for the “Good Medicine Project.”
We will be giving lucky charms like these to children at Camp Sanguinity next summer (the children are either cancer patients or the siblings of cancer patients). Do not let me hear you say, “What’s this ‘we,’ Kimosabe?” I want you to get in on the act, too. Marilyn told me:
I made these three charms. They measure about 1 and 1/2 inches at the largest dimension and they are made from Fimo which is the most durable polymer clay I’ve tested. They’ve also been coated with a couple of coats of a protective latex glaze so I think they will stand up to most abuse the kids could throw at them.
They were inspired by Shel Silverstien poems. One is a moon and star in a moon catching net. One is a wild strawberry and the other is a bat that’s afraid of the light. I went for light-hearted themes because I figured the kids could use more smiles.
I believe you might be willing to join me. Am I being naive? C’mon and find some lucky charms to send me. It can be a “scavenger hunt.”
Now, I believe I am going to go and enjoy my Saturday! I hope you enjoy yours as well.