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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 29 2011: Sarah's only rule was "don't think too hard". With that in mind, here's my list, which took about 5 minutes to jot down:

    1. I can never find a pen when I need one.
    2. The days are long, but the years are short. By the time we get to our end of this thing we agree to call "life", we won't believe how blink-of-an-eye short it was afterall.
    3. I am terrified of not being as good of a mother to my boys as they deserve.
    4. I just turned 40 ...and I have no idea what I want to be when I grow up. But I really want to make a difference in people's lives and be a positive inspiration.
    5. I am not as good of a person as I aspire to be.
    6. It feels so good to just sit and "BE". Most of us don't do it near as often as we should and need to, or even know how to be comfortable in the quiet and stillness of our minds & skin.
    7. I'm turning out to be a much better gardener than I ever thought possible.
    8. There are some truly amazing people in this world, and in my very own life...I would like to learn from them.
    9. My husband Chris is truly a gift in my life.
    10. For all their imperfections and downright exasperating qualities, my parents did the best they were capable of doing for me, and they truly love me as best they can. For that I am grateful.

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