This I Believe

Katherine - Minnetonka, Minnesota
Entered on June 14, 2006
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: creativity, hope
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I Believe Strawberry Milk Comes From Pink Cows

Anyone can think coldly, cynically, but it is harder and so much more gratifying to believe in inherent goodness. Anyone can look upon the world with weary, jaded eyes, but it is far more rewarding to look with fresh enjoyment at the world. Just as lulling is the tendency to see things merely as they are, and to ignore what they could be. But then how would anything improve?

I believe strawberry milk comes from pink cows. This conviction creates a picture in my mind that makes me giggle on bad days, and smile one good ones. This belief helps me to shake off the discouragement when I’ve lost my way, because in a world where there are fat, happy, bright pink cows, there is always hope.

If you see a rainy day as a light grey cotton veil to mop the sweaty sun’s surface, and the swarming of mosquitoes as the flitting of the butterflies’ pitiful, less lucky, uglier cousin, than you have a rare, precious outlook on our world.

Imagination is a valiant struggle against the possibility of a stagnant world, and it is a daring dream of how it could be with just a little change. The dauntless imagination also sees what can be changed within you, what you could become, and how you could grow. Only with a vision gleaming in our eyes and with dreams bound with purposefulness can we begin to actually change the world. Without imagination the world would simply and sadly be horribly stuck. The world would be frozen with all its goodness but caked with all its imperfections. Without imagination we would be painters born blind- striving to recreate a beauty we had never seen.

If imagination is a valiant struggle, a positive attitude is the pure power that enables us to have the energy to struggle with. A positive attitude is what we register the world with and what we view the world through. A positive attitude is the power to accept the bad, but to embrace and rejoice and gain a new hope from the good. It is the power to gaze on a reality that is most times boredom, sometimes magnificence and to many times agony, and to see the positive things.

If you see strawberry milk not as a failed marketing scheme, but as a drink to support out-of-the-box ideas, and your fellow citizen the honest farmer, then your beliefs contain both a positive attitude and an imagination that is powerful enough to be a sturdy platform to live on. And there’s no better companion in this world than steadfast beliefs.