To Believe



Milan – 5 Year Old Girl Basketball Star- Basketball Training

Whatever you can do or dream, you can begin it.

Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

Begin it now.”


~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), [German Poet and Dramatist]

One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety- nine who have only interest.

~ John Stuart Mill [Philosopher]

copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert.  BeThink.org

We are born with an innate wisdom.  Each step we take helps us to grow wiser, or more full of woe.  The information we acquire often gives birth to anguish.  Too much elucidation is never enough.  As an infant, we yearn to learn.  Babies gaze, grasp, and get what they desire.  No harm comes to one who cannot move beyond, thus, thrives, in a protected environment.  Those fresh from the delivery room do not harbor expectations.  Few are placed upon them.  Existence, for the newborn, is a game of anticipation.  There are no rules, no regulations, and initially no reprimands.  The littlest children believe and thus, they achieve.  

As the babes develop, they explore beyond a crib.  Tots crawl.  They climb into this or that.  A drawer prompts a dive.  A pool promises a plunge.  When a small one wanders, a caregiver knows not where a tiny youngster will go.  Parents begin to place barriers in the child’s way, more are situated into the young one’s mind.  

Cries of caution come from elders.  “No!”  Mom might say.  “Do not do that,” Dad declares.  “How could you?” sister may scorn.  “Stop it!” the older son spurns.  Babysitters bark.  Guardians disapprovingly grunt.  The smaller sweet soul shrinks back.  He or she begins to understand knowledge is not power.  It is not good to grow the gray matter.  The more you recognize, the less you wish to realize.

“Curiosity,” a child is told, “kills the cat,” and research might end a relationship with the ones who once appreciated inquisitiveness.  A tiny world traveler, as a toddler will talk.  The most oft spoken word is “Why?”  

The inquiry may tickle a mother, father, grandparent, or other older person, at first.  However, after a time, grown-ups tire of what they perceive as too many questions.  In truth, it may be an embarrassed elder does not know the answers, and will not admit to ignorance on any subject.  Perchance, the person the youngster approaches believes the child does not truly care to gather details.  A mature man or woman might surmise to the tot, investigations are but a game.

Frequently, folks who have lost interest in discovery, or determined it is best not to be open to the novel, turn inward.  Fear of disdain from those a little one loves may have dampened a spirit.  Disparagement, invoked by strangers, can also scar an vibrant scientist.  An energetic essences is fragile in the face of foils.  Too many disappointments teach individuals not to delve into discussions or dare to do as they once thought possible.  

Yet, on occasion, a child is groomed to grow.  A nipper snaps with ability not yet quashed.  An innocent does not adopt inhibition.  Reticence is not realized, for rarely; yet thankfully, a naïve creature is given permission to be, to believe, and ultimately, to achieve.  

Some parents plum their progeny.  An instructor may provide incentives.  Inspiration can be caught, or taught.  Five year-old Milan, who dribble three basketballs with ease might remind us that a vision is worth more than money.  Words and wisdom that advance woe do not allow for accomplishments.  As the Triple Threat Academy, amongst the teachers of tiny Milan express. “Every player has the potential to be great, not only on the basketball court, but in the game of life.”

An experience that encourages, will help a little one realize that lessons learned “on the court can help shape their lives off the court as well. Education is a fundamental element” if edification, enlightenment is to be enjoyable.

If wisdom is to be wondrous, those old, and sage, must promise to teach the children well.   The more physically mature must practice as Author Napoleon Hill professed, “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”