Today’s Brilliance from Ellen Whitehurst

If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I'd want to pass along to others...

  • One of the first movies I can remember resonating with as a small girl was the black and white Christmas classic “Miracle on 34th Street.” I believed right alongside little Natalie Wood that her Christmas wish would come true and that she would get that dream home she’d been praying for each night and day.

    In fact, I think that I believed as deeply if not more that if little Natalie’s character could only believe strongly enough that she would get that home and MORE. I believed even when her character faltered. I held the vision AND the belief for her. Because somewhere deep down inside my seven year old self I already understood the enormous, immense and miraculous, magical, manifesting power of belief.

    And I can’t tell you how many times in my life I’ve quoted another line from that film as well. Another concept that this kid totally got! The line sets up Natalie revealing to her smitten neighbor that her cynical, skeptical mother, the object of his desire, had turned the proverbial corner (on 34th Street presumably) and now believes in Santa Claus too. The exact line from the movie is “faith is believing in something when common sense tells you not to.”

    Exactly! I truly believe in the power of believing. And that movie begs you to believe in believing too! I believe, no, I know that if you believe, really and truly believe, the without a doubt kind of believing, in a hope, a wish, a dream or desire, then NOTHING is impossible.

    Belief is all you need. Not luck. Not connections or contacts, money, fortune or fame. Just belief.

    Yes, yes, I know all the other axioms that naturally and organically accompany this one: how faith can move a mountain and how love can set you free. But before faith can move that mountain or love can give you wings you have to BELIEVE those things can happen.

    If I had only one lesson that I could impart to my son or if this were my last day on Earth I would want to pass along my belief in the nuclear power of believing. Bless the world you live in, trust that incredible power that lies deep within you and then believe, with all your heart and soul in something that makes your spirit sing. Believe in your hopes, your wishes and your dreams. Happiness lies in that belief.

    Always, always, always believe in the power inside you. Always, always, always believe in you. You can believe that I do too.

    Ellen Whitehurst

    Ellen Whitehurst is a Lifestylist and Ultimate Health and Wellness expert as well as the author of the bestselling MAKE THIS YOUR LUCKY DAY (Random House, 2008.) Recognized as the country’s premier expert in Feng Shui and other empowering modalities, Ellen also pens a daily tip for iVillage.com currently reaching over a half million subscribers each day. A former monthly columnist for both ‘Redbook’ and ‘Seventeen’ magazines, Ellen is also a recurrent contributor to The Huffington Post, John Edward’s InfiniteQuest.com and Shine.com among others. Ellen is also the newest Health and Wellness expert for DoctorOz.com. She has two bestsellers on the Top Ten course list at DailyOM.com and can be found offering her own hugely popular hybrid of Feng Shui and Astrology (called ‘Shuistrology’) through her website at ellenwhitehurst.com. Whitehurst is a recurrent radio and television guest and is currently working on her own reality television show called ‘Cookin’ Up The Good Life with Ellen Whitehurst.’ Join with thousands of others and check out her daily musings and easy, empowering advice on her Facebook page: facebook.com/EllenWhitehurst

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