#52snapshots 2022 | Week 12, This I Used to Believe

This week’s prompt was tough: to write about something I believed in with my whole heart and then write about when that belief changed. I couldn’t think of anything I believed in that way. The prompt suggested three beliefs as examples: that marriage should last forever, that lying is inevitable, and that babies are delivered by storks.

What I wrote addressed each of these beliefs and why I never believed it. The first marriage proposal I received I rejected, because I knew the differences in our respective religions and our values would lead to divorce court. I didn’t believe lying is evitable, because I value truth and have crossed several people off my friend list, because they lied to me or betrayed me in some way. I never believed that storks brought babies.

I gave some thought to expressions I used in high school: “The princess is not granting audiences today,” “It’s my opinion and it’s very true,” and “And above all, modest.” Now, I’m more likely to say, “From your mouth to G-d’s ear” and “Man plans and G-d laughs.” I see a definite shift in point of view here, a relinquishment of control. When a prospective employer asked me the inevitable question, “Where do you see yourself in five years,” I laughed, because it’s such a stupid question. We can’t see into the future. We didn’t anticipate COVID. We didn’t anticipate crisis in Ukraine. I didn’t anticipate bullous pemphigus vulgaris.

What did you once believe in with your whole heart? Write about it and include either why you still believe in this concept or idea or why you no longer do.

About Barbara Krasner

History writer and award-winning author Barbara Krasner writes Jewish-themed poetry, articles, nonfiction books, and novels for children and adults.
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