This I Believe

William - Gillette, Wyoming
Entered on February 21, 2007
Age Group: 50 - 65

My parents, Liz and Moe Monahan, are gone now. But the following, in a nutshell, are a few nuggets of wisdom they left behind for their six children. I’m only going to write this once, so pay attention…and sit up straight.

I believe time is speeding up. At least that’s what my body’s telling me lately.

I believe in Mental Health Week, particularly my mental health.

I believe intolerance is intolerable.

I believe in the fullness of waiting for something. Instant gratification is like trying to hold Jello in your hands. It seeps through your fingers and leaves you feeling empty and sticky.

I believe you can’t rise to the top without stepping on somebody’s head and crushing their dreams, especially if you’re wearing golf shoes or football cleats.

I believe if a decision is that important, it’s okay to sleep on it for a night, maybe two.

I believe music is the whisper we hear every day, but don’t. Shhhh…did you hear that?

I believe in raising our kids first. I’ll make my fortune after they’re grown. My wife won’t want me hanging around the house all day by then anyway.

I believe in creating expectations, not making demands.

I believe in red wine, harmony…and love.