In These Troubling Times, Stay True to Yourself: My 12 Convictions

In These Troubling Times, Stay True to Yourself: My 12 Convictions

In These Troubling Times, Stay True to Yourself: My 12 Convictions


I love the above quote from Ellen Degeneres.

Frankly, I love everything about Ellen: her humor, her compassion, her strong sense of self, her love of animals, and her soft heart despite the many hard life lessons she’s learned.

We’re a year out from a presidential election, which I think is always a scary prospect since it incents the crazies to come out of the asylum. People start thumping their chests over all kinds of nonsense, and sometimes it makes me want to dig a hole in the ground and crawl right in.

But then again . . . snakes.

Anyway, I guess the best game plan moving forward during the next year or so for me is to know who I am, what I hold dear, and to stay true to myself and my convictions.


Personally, I believe:


1. That above all other customs and traditions and trappings in life, our main goal should be to live through love, and be helpful, respectful, and kind to our fellow beings: man and animal. 


2. That our integrity should never have a price tag.


3. That decency and courtesy actually matter.


4. That life is too short for fake butter, cheese, or people.


5. That it’s 2015, and it’s well beyond time that all people are treated equally, not just in words, but in deeds.


6. That a day without laughter is a great misfortune.


7. That whoever decided to call it “common sense”, didn’t know that many people.


8. That we need to quickly realize that we only have one Earth before it’s too late. After all, there is no “Plan-et” B.


9. That racism, sexism, and other harmful “isms” aren’t inherent, they’re taught. And we must unteach them. ASAP.


10. That we should strive to collect moments, not things.


11. That strong people stand up for themselves, but even stronger people stand up for others.


12. That living through your convictions is a heck of a lot harder than it might sound. It’s not what you say you believe that matters as much as how you live your life.



How about you? What would you add or take away to create your list?

Written by Becky


  • Catherine says:

    Here’s one that I like: “Love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself.” It’s all encompassing and would take care of so many problems if we would all follow it. Also, in the spirit of #4, I would add that one should have a good quality cup of coffee every morning (from freshly ground beans or at least recently ground beans) colored to a warm mocha with of course, real half and half.

  • Mary says:

    This is an instant classic. Beautiful piece. Don’t ever be afraid to laugh out loud, lest what others might think. We only have one journey so let’s make it joyful.

  • Patty from MMC says:

    Great, great list! I totally agree. The only one I would add: even when there isn’t enough time, for those you love there is always time.

  • Stephanie says:

    While all of these ponderings are insightful and spot-on, I have two favorites:

    4. That life is too short for fake butter, cheese, or people. – That’s one of my mantra’s! I made the decision a couple of years ago that I was going to stop using weird, artificial dairy products! Real butter, and real half and half for me – to heck with the extra fat! Life is too short for fake dairy. I still struggle to tell the difference between real and fake people… they don’t have labels.

    7. That whoever decided to call it “common sense”, didn’t know that many people. – Made me laugh out loud. You’re right, seems “sense” isn’t all that common these days.

    You are doing a good job modeling these behaviors and living your convictions my friend. I wish you a day of full fat dairy and people who don’t annoy you!

    • Becky says:

      Thanks, Steph!

      Fake people might not have actual labels, but they’re easy enough to read once you learn to decipher their language.

  • Lisa says:

    I’m so glad that you didn’t stop writing your blog because if you had, we wouldn’t have experienced this gem! I’m going to print this off and stick it on my refrigerator not only for myself and my family, but for anyone who comes into my home. I, too, have been pondering these same thoughts and beliefs, and just love how you expressed them here. Thank you for sharing this!

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Hi! My name is Becky. I’m a mom, a wife, a friend, a writer, and a compulsive thinker. Don't invite me to a spa or to shop the day away, but rather, make me laugh, engage me in interesting conversation, play a game with me, or give me a cappuccino and homemade vanilla bean flan and I’m yours ‘til the cows come home.

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