I believe in doing: Making messes, cleaning them up, and making things dirty again. Hard work and passion are so sexy, but that hard work doesn't always need to result in a paychech.
I believe in friend muscle; we are an amalgam of ourselves and the other people who are part of our story. I can make lots of kinds of conversation, but good conversation sounds and feels like scattering cue balls look. Touch is a primary form of communication and words are only half of the way that we connect.
I believe that acting/not acting from fear--and I'm scared often-- is a fundamental waste of my time on this planet, I want to be brave in my interactions, in my career and in my relationships.
I believe in being kind to every person, every time, that compassion and empathy are basic human rights. Just as there are those children who make you love teaching, and those children who help you become a better teacher, every interaction we have is useful. I want to talk to strangers. I believe in listening until I figure out which ways each person is good, and cultivating that, that the way that we will fix it all is probably by trying to understand one more person.
I believe in practicing approaching others without presumption. Your story is valid, too. But may you also peacefully self-interrogate.
I believe in balance in my life, but I'm conscious of how difficult it is to maintain it. In yoga, the balance poses are my most difficult. My simplest poses are those involving flexibility. This may be a metaphor.
And just because I believe all of these things doesn't mean I always succeed in living them. And that push and pull is where the good stuff lives.