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What are 10 things YOU know to be true?

I was interested and intrigued by Sarah's '10 things you know to be true' list exercise, particularly with the pattern she observed in hearing others; that you would continuously see items exact and opposite to your own, items you've never heard of, or thought about before in exactly that light.

I'm fascinated by our definitions of what we consider to be 'truth', and the disputes between our definitions.

So I propose we post a couple lists of our own here, and experience our agreements (and disagreements), learn some new ideas and lines of thought. Personally, I think it best to write your own list BEFORE reading the ones posted here to avoid influence ;)

I hope a couple people will be interested in participating in this miniature project. And, hey, if you see something in someone's list you'd like to ask about, or learn more about, or debate. . .we now have the TED conversation platform to make that possible.

My list:

1. These are the most exciting times in which we could ever hope to be alive which have already occurred.
2. Too often, we allow inertia to control our actions.
3. Everyone should travel.
4. 'Because that's the way things are' is not a valid reason.
5. Whenever you say 'I had no choice', you're lying.
6. It is possible to have an honest and even pleasant relationship with someone you do not like.
7. Loving someone or something heart and soul does not necessarily make it good for you, or them, or it.
8. There are ideas and inventions yet to come which will make into reality what we consider to be fantasy today.
9. Everyone has at least one story worth hearing.
10. My truth is not final.


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  • Jun 13 2011: 1) Most of my happiest times are when I am learning
    2) I am so scared I will never live up to my dreams
    3) Extreme optimisium and pessimisium is possible to exist in the same person
    4) I am a planner
    5) I don't achieve enough of these plans to make me content
    6) If the next couple of years don't go as planned I don't know what I will do
    7) The world needs more focus on what people can do than what they can't
    8) I feel like I'm waiting for my life to start
    9) Money isn't everything but it is important
    10) I have and will have to struggle in life because I am different - just a simple fact.
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      Jun 13 2011: Sam what an open and vulnerable list! I love #6 and I want you to know a secret that everybody keeps- we all live #6! Anyone who thinks they don't ends up very surprised!
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      Jun 15 2011: Hi Sam,

      I like your very reflective list. I feel some connection to you.

      About # 4, I have been thinking maybe we should rename the species "homo plannericus". Planning, and following plans, really is what sets us apart.

      About # 8, I remember saying that when I was about 40. I do not feel that way any more. (1) To busy raising kids which involves making big decisions (Clearly this is not just preparation any more). (2) Every once in a while now I get concrete reminders that this life won't last forever.

      About #6. I suggest that if that happens, be willing to reinvent yourself. There are infinite ways of living a meaningful life. I spent one of the more painful years of my life learning that lesson.

      About # 5. 99% of life is the climb. Less than 1% is spent on the summit. Enjoy the climb even if you never reach the summit. It is the climbing that makes you beautiful. We love you because you care. We love you because you try. Love those two aspects of yourself. That is my recipe for happiness. Making self love conditional upon success as an allstar is a recipe for unhappiness and it does not really make it more likely that you will become an allstar.

      About #10: I do not know what your difference is, but many of us know about living with some difference. It is what makes your mountain special. I sometimes imagine that if there is a heaven, we will share memories (more concretely than we do now). Your difference will be what will make your memories especially precious.

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