In response to Reason to Believe.
For me it is the belief that there is always room for improvement, a belief that I can learn something new, a belief that I can make changes that will allow me to be happier, a belief that I have some level of control over my future. I will boil this down to the most simple form:
I believe because the alternative is bleak, like the bare branches of the background of this tree.
I need hope in my life. I need to be able to see the potential in a bleak situation and my belief helps me do that.
I will not give up on my youngest son. I support him and believe he has a reasonable chance to be happy and productive in his adult life in spite of Autism.
I did not give up on my marriage when we were having difficulties. It was very difficult at times, but I always believed that we could improve – and we did. No – we’re not perfect but that wasn’t the goal.
I did not give up on my oldest son when he was depressed and anxious beyond what a 10ish year old should ever be. I believed that he just needed help coping with the stress of having a special needs brother, help that I wasn’t able to provide myself because I also needed help.
I did not give up on myself when I reached an all time low and was eating frosting for the sugar high. I believed that there was something better for me and that I just needed help to change my mindset to be more positive.
Had I not believed, I would be a divorced mom of two boys with constant worry that one would end up in jail and the other would engage in self-destructive behaviors to handle his stress.
Here are some thoughts from others: