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Cleo Abram

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We can learn by exchanging and discussing our own lists of "10 Things I Know to be True."

After listening to Sarah Kay's beautiful speech and poetry, I tried to write my own list of "10 Things I know to be True." I learned one thing immediately: I don't know much. I learned a second thing more slowly: that's okay! I tried to distill my limited understanding of the world into this list, without being overly philosophical nor literal.

One thing I know to be true, but that is not on my list, was that Sarah Kay was right when she said that if you share your list with a group of people you will find that someone has one thing very similar, someone else has something totally contrary, another person has something you've never heard of, and still another has something that makes you think further about something you thought you knew.

So let's share ours, and find out! What do your lists have on them?

Here's mine:
1. Fiction can, at times, feel more real than fact.
2. One person, with a good idea, can change our world.
3. There are things about our universe that we will never understand.
4. #3 is not an excuse to stop trying.
5. Everyone has a story worth hearing.
6. There is always another side to the story they tell.
7. Questions can sometimes teach more than their answers.
8. Children can sometimes teach more than their parents.
9. Everyone should travel.
10. No one's truth is universal.

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    Oct 26 2011: 1. Small actions can have huge impacts.
    2. It's all about the way you think.
    3. Some days are just hard, and that's okay.
    4. Nothing is perfect.
    5. Life isn't easy.
    6. Aliens exist.
    7. If you want to change something, you need to change something. The first thing to change is the way you think.
    8. Changing the way you think is not easy.
    9. Our reaction to events is more important than the events themselves.
    10. Our lives are what we make of them, we've just got to always keep trying.
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      Oct 26 2011: How do you know 6?
      Our lives are what we make them, within the limits imposed upon us by nature and society. We can't change nature, we can change society, but it may cost our lives.

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