"You're always believing ahead of your evidence. What was the evidence I could write a poem? I just believed it. The most creative thing in us is to believe a thing in."--Robert Frost
I had to read this quote several times before I could grasp the meaning and even now I'm not certain I have it right. What is it to "believe a thing in?" We know what it is to believe in a thing, but to "believe a thing in" is different.
Does it mean having enough belief and faith to will something into existence? Maybe. Or does it mean the simple act of belief is enough to effect a change? Again, maybe.
Believing is not easy. We struggle with empirical evidence, with scientific theory, with a myriad of other wordly things that all weigh in against belief. And, in the end, belief comes down to taking a leap of faith that, despite what the naysayers maintain, we can
accomplish what we set out to do.
When I first started writing books, I had lots of evidence saying that I couldn't do it. Chief among that evidence was a rejection letter from a New York editor telling me that I would do well to look for a different occupation. I admit that I was beaten down by that. In the end, though, my dream to write and sell a book was stronger than her scathing words.
So, for today, I am grateful for the words of a great man and poet, that we can "believe a thing in."