Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

What I Believe

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“Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

The first time I saw a magician put a woman into a box and proceed to cut the box in half, I didn’t believe it. I didn’t fall for it when a quarter was pulled from behind someone’s ear, or when a rabbit was pulled from the magician’s hat. I’ve never been a big fan of magic tricks. I didn’t believe it as a child, and I still don’t.

Some of us don’t know what to believe, but we all believe in something. Here are ten things I do believe.

1. I believe in God

2. I believe family is most important.

3. I believe books are always better than the movie.

4. I believe a smile has special powers.

5. I believe journaling is therapeutic.

6. I believe exercise improves my mood, and so does coffee.

7. I believe showing appreciation for the little things makes a relationship stronger.

8. I believe in sitting down and writing a thank you note or card.

9. I believe I am in control of whether my day is good or bad.

10 I believe in the power of faith.

Happy Easter or Passover!

What are three things you believe?

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, will release in March, 2017. It's now able for pre-order on Amazon. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

121 thoughts on “What I Believe

  1. I might quibble with you about #3. I’ve seen movies that were better than the book. Jaws, for one: thankfully the movie left out all the sex scenes and adultery that was in the book. I’m no prude. I just wanted to read about the shark 😉 But, you’re right, when it’s a great book especially, a movie is likely to fail because so much has to be cut out to reduce the book’s story to a 2-hour time slot. The movie can still turn out good, but on it’s own merit. The book will always (except with Jaws) triumph.
    I don’t think much on what I believe in. Maybe because I’m afraid that my belief will be shattered somehow. And yet I do believe some of your list (4, 5, 6, 7). I’ve seen the benefits of smiling, experienced the warm satisfaction of being thanked for a small favor (or being the one doing the thanking), definitely have felt better after a good walk or good cup of coffee. And of course I believe in writing … in general. My faith in my own wavers quite a bit on a daily basis. But I guess that just comes with the territory of claiming to be a writer 😉
    Happy Easter, Jill. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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    • Hi Marie! Jaws was an excellent movie. I still watch it whenever it’s on TV. I remember I screamed and jumped out of my seat when the guy’s head popped out from the sunken boat, and his eyeball was missing. I didn’t have the same reach when I read the book. 🙂
      I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter, Marie.

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      • Hi, Jill, hope you had a wonderful weekend. Same thing with me about Jaws. My date, a close male friend, and I both jumped at certain scenes and held onto each other for dear life during most of the film. It was fun!

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      • It was a great movie, wasn’t it? I didn’t enjoy the sequel nearly as much as the original. Have a great week!

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    • I totally agree with 1WriteWay about the movie “Jaws” being infinitely superior to the movie. The author gave EVERYONE a back story – which wasn’t needed. Nor was the adultery needed. (I don’t remember any sex scenes, but they could have been edited out as well.) Steven Spielberg wisely chose to make the Richard Dreyfus character more likable and to add some humor. 😉

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  2. Those are great things to believe. I believe them all as well! Happy Easter to you and yours!
    If only more people realized #9, there would be many less “victim attitudes” in the world. (I’m referring to the personalities that blame anyone and anything rather than being self-accountable.)

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  3. I love this Jill .. and your list. I have a post-in-waiting about faith and trust. You’ve inspired me to spruce it up today!
    I believe the sun will come up tomorrow.
    I believe we all want to feel love and be accepted for who we are.
    I believe in the power of kindness.

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  4. You have a great set of beliefs. I believe in sticking with your gut. It keeps you on the straight and narrow (usually). Your mind is tricky. It can rationalize any action. I also believe in being kind no matter what.

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  5. Love your post and your beliefs. Let’s see, what could I add? I believe in the power of prayer/mediation. I believe that love is all around us, if we just allow ourselves to see/feel it. I believe that we find our own happiness. I believe we can learn from the innocence of children, and I believe that there’s more good in the world, than bad. How’s that? 🙂 Happy Easter to you!

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  6. I believe in:
    1) Listening to your gut
    2) the Golden Rule
    3) Life’s greatest pleasures can come from the smallest things.

    Just to name a few. 🙂

    Nice post, Jill.

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  7. Great list, and great comments, too. I believe in:
    1) giving people more than they expect or pay for.
    2) giving my best every single time, no matter what I’m doing.
    3) always “being there” for my children the way my mother was for me.

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  8. Thanks for the great list, I agree with all of them. I believe honesty is the best policy (even when it’s painful or difficult), I believe everything turns out exactly the way it is supposed to (is that the same as power of faith?). I believe in the power of prayer. Have a wonderful Easter, Jill.

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    • Thanks for sharing your list, Geralyn. Yes, I believe faith is trusting that things will work out in the end. I’ve been tested a few times in my life, and having faith and praying, has gotten me through those difficult times. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter!

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  9. I believe all the things you believe with the exception of coffee improving my mood.. 🙂 I really want to like coffee, I love the whole idea of coffee and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee but it just doesn’t make my taste buds want to stand up and shout. I love your list! I also believe that people can hurt us or make us feel bad only as much as we allow them to… I think it might just be a different way of saying your #9 as I read your list again. I also truly and deeply believe in the Golden Rule.

    Have a wonderful Easter Holiday Jill!

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    • Ha ha! My mother feels the same way about coffee, Pix. In fact, we were just discussing that yesterday. Oh yes, I agree, we have the power to control how people treat us…my mother always stressed that fact to me and my sister. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Easter!

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  10. Such a timely post, Jill. Love your list. Mine is similar. I believe in God. I believe He answers our prayers. I believe that all of us have the capacity to help someone. I believe friends and family are important. Sometimes a friend can be closer to you than a family member.

    Most of the time the book is better than the movie, except in the case of Catching Fire ore Mockingjay in the Hunger Games series. 🙂

    It’s nice to read a post where someone takes a bold stance and says what she believes. Lately, I’ve seen posts where people are quick to say what they don’t believe in, rather than what they do.

    I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend, Jill!

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    • Thank you for your kind words, L. Marie. Our beliefs are very much in line…but I already knew that. 🙂 I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter. Maybe you’ll get some Skinny Pop in your Easter basket!

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  11. Looks like you covered much of what many of us consider of great importance. And yes, in my estimation, the book is ALWAYS better than the movie. Have a refreshing spring weekend Jill. Irene in Redmond, WA

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  12. Great list of beliefs, Jill. I’m also not a fan of magic tricks, although some can be really fascinating. 🙂 I believe that the best reason for doing the right thing today, is tomorrow. Happy Easter to you and yours. xx

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  13. Jill, you are an admirable impressive pragmatist. I agree with your wonderful list of the real things that make life worthwhile, but I still want to believe in magic. Happy Easter and lemme know if you see the Easter Bunny! 🙂

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  14. I believe that happiness is the goal behind all goals.
    I believe that we benefit from using an internal yardstick.
    I believe that chocolate improves my mood. Pizza too!

    Cheers!

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  15. I would have to move number six to the top of the list. I just wish it was possible to do the two together!! But otherwise a great list. Have a beautiful day.

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  16. I like your list. My list would be almost the same. The one belief of yours that gave me pause was #5, your belief in the therapeutic value of journaling. I go back and forth on that. I’m going through my old journals from the 80s, and I’m appalled by some of the things I dwelt on then. What I appreciate now is my observations of what I saw and heard–the scenery, the people, the happenings of that time.

    Happy Easter or Passover.

    (For my Easter Sunday post I’m writing about new life and Monica Lewinsky.)

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    • I agree, Nicki. Reading through old journals, can make us cringe, but it can also bring us to the realization of how much we’ve grown. At least it does for me.
      Well, I must say, your post sounds intriguing. 🙂 Have a wonderful holiday!

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  17. I am not a movie fan, so I am with you on number 3. I believe in responding that I am great even if I am not, except if the situation or illness is very serious. This makes me not feel so low about a situation I may be going through.

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  18. That’s a great list and I especially love #9. Most of mine are similar:
    I believe we can make the world a better place.
    I believe we have to be happy for no reason at all.
    I believe that love is stronger than hate.

    I also believe in magic. 🙂

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  19. I really feel your list encompasses many of my own beliefs but treasure the additions of your friends. They have made great suggestions and I would agree with them all!
    I feel putting God first, then your family and friends, then spreading your love into neighbors, coworkers and caring about others in the whole world makes the list complete. I believe in Easter and the resurrection of Jesus. It is a miracle but miracles happen every day, I feel that they overshadow many of the darkness in the world. Hugs and smiles to you and yours. Hope you have a wonderful family celebration with great memories of Easters past, too. I remember you said you do this for Christmas, Jill. I do this all the time, reflect back and try to build my own present and future memories!

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    • I appreciate everyone adding to my list, including yourself, Robin. Your additions do make the list complete, and I agree with each of them. Yes, I’m big on reflecting back on years past and time spent with family. 🙂 I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter!

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  20. I believe in coffee, showing appreciation and books. 🙂

    Happy Easter. 🙂

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  21. I believe hard work pays off. I believe dreams can come true. I believe in love at first sight.

    Happy Easter!

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  22. Fantastic list, Jill, and an even more fantastic idea to put it down on digital paper. Here’s a few of my beliefs:

    1.) I believe I can always improve, even when I think I can’t.
    2.) I believe that thinking young can keep us young.
    3.) I believe that bacon and coffee are proof that a higher power is out there, thinking of us. 🙂

    Happy Easter and have a wonderful weekend!

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    • Thanks, Phillip. I appreciate you sharing your list too. Ha ha…I loved number three…that’s so you! 🙂 Have a wonderful Easter. I hope to see some photos of Angus and his Easter basket. Have fun!

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  23. Wonderful list, Jill. I’m with you. I only watch movies because I can’t read fast enough to get to all the books I want to read. They are stacked all around me already. 🙂 I believe that faith and fear cannot occupy the same space. I wish you a wonderful Easter.

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    • I love your belief on faith and fear, Marlene. We are two of a kind….I have books everywhere in the house, and on my Kindle. I hope you have a wonderful Easter. I love your picture! 🙂

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      • Thanks Jill. I found out at the Press Publish event why my picture wasn’t showing up on comments I made. I rated myself PG instead of G. Silly thing but now I know. I’m going to make myself a sign that says “so many books, so little time. I have 7 big bookcases filled. I’d make the kitchen a library if I could get away with it. Isn’t that what restaurants are for? 🙂 Have a Happy Easter.

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      • Ha ha! That’s funny, Marlene. I wonder what icon would have shown up if you rated yourself an “R.” I don’t remember any rating system.
        The year before last, I took over 75 books to the used book store…but I’m still over flowing. I’d love to have book shelves lining my kitchen walls. 🙂
        Happy Easter!

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  24. I believe you are a lovely person, Jill! Your list is just perfect. I absolutely agree with all your points. If I were to add any then maybe it’s I believe in compromise. I believe that humour is essential and I believe in karma. How’s that? Happy Easter, my friend – enjoy the weekend.

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    • Aw…thank you, Jenny! I feel the same about you. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your additions. Yes, compromise is the glue that holds relationships together. Have a wonderful Easter and enjoy your time off!

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  25. Another beautiful post Jill 🙂 I believe the same things! and reading the comments above I have to say I agree with them too! I would add the following: I believe every dog gets his day. I believe love conquers all. I believe our thoughts create our reality. Happy Easter to you and your family ❤

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  26. Some wonderful beliefs to live by Jill. I believe the world is full of magic. I believe everything and everyone is connected. I believe it’s the little things that make us happy.

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  27. I could write “Ditto” to your list and make it mine, Jill, plus two more: I believe in the power of Hope over any obstacle, and I believe that we’re blessed with the love, loyalty and lessons of dogs in ways humans can never supply.
    Happy Easter, dear Jill.

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  28. What a fantastic list, Jill. I am a stickler about thank you notes and strongly believe in making my kids send them! I also agree strongly with #9. We absolutely have the power to decide how our day is going to be. We can choose to be bothered by something or not. Nobody “owes” us our happiness. 🙂

    A very happy Easter to you! 🙂 xoxo

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    • Thanks, Maria. I’m happy to hear you’ve taught your children the importance of taking the time to write a thank you note. I’m not surprised though. 🙂 Wishing you and your family a wonderful Easter. I hope some warmer temperatures are heading your way. xoxo

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  29. I believe I now know why I adore you and your blog so much, we have the same beliefs. HAPPY EASTER JILL xxxx

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  30. Ahh dear Jill, I am reminded of these three things: faith, hope and love. And your words and beliefs exemplity all of these and more my friend. Wishing you and DFD a beautiful, blessed Easter 🙂 xoxo

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  31. I can endorse your list, Jill 🙂 A joy-filled happy Easter to you! And beyond 🙂

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  32. I love your list with one exception. For #6 – I would substitute ‘laughter’ for ‘exercise.’ 😉 Happy Easter to you and yours.

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  33. I agree with you, although I don’t do #5. Much.

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  34. Bless You, Dear Jill… You say it so well. xo

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  35. I believe in God and second chances. One gets older and realizes that santa and tooth fairy are like magic 🙂
    Happy Easter!

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  36. Great list, Jill! I believe in exceptions to my beliefs. Like that one film that’s better than the movie. That’s Babe! And I believe in real magic, not the kind done to entertain.

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  37. Happy Easter to you too, Jill. You’ve got a great list! I believe in your list too.
    Here are three of mine:
    1. I believe in the power of asking
    2. I believe that when things happen to us they may not be for our benefit at the present moment, they may be for a later time, or they may be for the benefit of someone else.
    3. I believe that we when we pool our positive thoughts together, wonderful things happen.

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  38. Hi Jill, inspiring post! It seems your list has almost everything covered. I’d probably add:
    1) I believe in fate
    2) I believe in being the “bigger person”
    3) I believe our direction in life is about choices we make
    Happy Holiday Weekend.

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  39. I believe that I, and others, are fundamentally compassionate and kind people (even to ourselves), even though sometimes a defensive crust has formed over those capacities, which can take some time to peel away.

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  40. I believe in God
    I believe in gratitude
    I believe in prayer

    Great post!

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  41. Had a busy weekend and I didn’t get a chance to read your blog. This would be a fun thing to do from blog to blog and then link to people. I might try that some time. Anyway, I enjoyed reading the things you believe. I fear if I start naming the things I believe, I might start going really deep and typing out a litany. Simply put, I believe mostly what you stated you believe (not a coffee drinker), but I especially believe in your numbers 1, 9, & 10.

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  42. Wow, Jill, impressive list. I agree 100% which is rare. I never totally agree with anybody, but God, family, books, music, exercise, etc. You’ve nailed it. If I had to add one, it would be: I believe in me. Sometimes you just have to believe in yourself, in your own tenacity and strength, in the universal wisdom that gifts aren’t given unless you are meant to share them. Great post, as always.

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  43. In addition to God, prayer, faith and family:

    – the power of gratitude
    – that a day without laughter is a missed opportunity
    – that the tongue is the most insidious weapon in existence

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  44. All these would be on my list too, Jill, with a small caveat to the book one. I still think Gone With the Wind the movie is better. lol; I’m ashamed to admit it since I’m all about magic and romance, but I never believed the magic tricks either, Jill. I do however, enjoy a good show by a master illusionist. 🙂 ❤

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  45. I agree Jill…Thoreau also said, “Live the life you imagine…” and that’s the magic of all named here: faith, hope, love, kindness, good will, perseverance etc. Love you cuz! Carry On

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  46. I believe that perseverance eventually pays off. I believe that loving people is worth the pain. I believe that miracles happen all the time. Awesome, inspiring post Jill!

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  47. I thought the harry potter movies were better than the books :S but than I wanted to rip my eyes out watching “Blood and Chocolate”. They ruined it!

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  48. I believe that the wheels of change grind exceedingly slow but they do, indeed, grind. I believe in justice not charity. And I believe that stories have the power to change the world. Thanks so much for the opportunity to articulate these three strongly held beliefs.

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  49. yes to 5 and 6, yes to all of them!

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