I am writing this week’s Wellness Wednesday on Sunday, September 11th. As I reflect on the significance of that day, I am keenly aware of how other people’s beliefs can have a major impact on us. Osama Bin Laden’s belief that America should be destroyed has significantly changed the way we have lived for over 20 years.

Two weeks after this event I was scheduled to do a training in Massachusetts. Because all flights were canceled, I drove a rental car to Cape Cod. Following the training, I was able to get a fight from Logan Airport, from which one of the planes had taken off, back to Minneapolis. It was the first time I had ever been searched before boarding an airplane, an experience which has happened every time since. One person’s beliefs about America changed our security practices throughout our country.

On a much more positive note, Kevin and I drove through the Minnesota countryside last week to conduct retreats with students. As we did so, we passed miles and miles of fields of corn, beans, and wheat. The thought occurred to me that food that I eat stems from a farmer’s belief that seeds can yield bread and other foods I take for granted every day.

Whether it’s the Wright brothers’ belief that humans could fly, Edison’s belief that light could come from something other than fire or the sun, or my grandparents’ belief that immigrating to America would provide their family with a better life, beliefs that reside in someone else’s head have a major impact on ourselves.

Reflection Question: How have you experienced someone’s belief impacting you?

From our Top 20 team…Willow, Kevin, and Tom…who are grateful to Michael and Mary Cole and Richard Engler for believing in Top 20 Training.

Paul Bernabei, Director
Top 20 Training