Belief

Ever hear a song and it’s like hearing it for the first time, because you’ve undergone a change and so that song takes on a whole new meaning? That happened recently with John Mayer’s song “Belief”. Beliefs are just that beliefs. They can’t be proven or disproven, and yet we’ve built entire religions on beliefs; we’ve waged war because of beliefs. My beliefs are not the same as they were seven years ago; they’re not the same as they were 14 years ago. I like to think that I am moving toward a place of simple beliefs that allow me to live and love and let go of judgment and the need to be “right”. It’s a good place to be.

Is there anyone who ever remembers
Changing their mind from the paint on a sign?
Is there anyone who really recalls
Ever breaking rank at all
For something someone yelled real loud one time?
Oh, everyone believes
In how they think it ought to be
Oh, everyone believes
And they’re not going easily
Belief is a beautiful armor
But makes for the heaviest sword
Like punching underwater
You never can hit who you’re trying for
Some need the exhibition
And some have to know they tried
It’s the chemical weapon
For the war that’s raging on inside
Oh, everyone believes
From emptiness to everything
Oh, everyone believes
And they’re not going quietly
We’re never gonna win the world
We’re never gonna stop the war
We’re never gonna beat this
If belief is what we’re fighting for
We’re never gonna win the world
We’re never gonna stop the war
We’re never gonna beat this
If belief is what we’re fighting for
Is there anyone you can remember
Ever surrender with their life on the line?
We’re never gonna win the world
We’re never gonna stop the war
We’re never gonna beat this
If belief is what we’re fighting for
We’re never gonna win the world
We’re never gonna stop the war
We’re never gonna beat this
If belief is what we’re fighting for
What puts a hundred thousand children in the sand?
Belief can, belief can
What puts a folded flag inside his mother’s hand?
Belief can, belief can.