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Cleo Abram

Student , Columbia University - Columbia College


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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 31 2011: 1. No matter how hard you try to hide your own vulnerability inside your shell, this way or another under certain circumstances it will come out, and you'll be exposed. People are vulnerable in the face of love. It's inevitable and that's the price we pay.
    2. A beaten but true statement by Dr. House - Everybody lies.
    3. It makes no sense to wait for people to change or grow up. Some never do. What makes it is to grow up yourself and step over.
    4. From what I have observed, Pity is destructive (both to self and to others).
    5. Learn to let go, it makes life so much easier.
    6. Never underestimate the power of will. But be careful with your dreams as they do come true.
    7. Where there is no trouble, people will create and nurture it. Human nature is striving to overcome obstacles.
    8. Whether you are the ruler of your destiny, or everythingz predestined, the outcome is the same :)
    9. To everything there is a limit.
    10. There are no unique recipes for life (including these). So relax
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      Oct 31 2011: 4 is so true but probably that's what makes us humans.
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      Nov 9 2011: hi Anastasiya,
      like ur sense of life. from 1-10, you r revealing to me that .....u 'r kind of fully capable and good at getting away from anything / anyone as obstacles. love them. ...yet , what do u think the gap between "the power of will. " & "To everything there is a limit. " ?
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        Nov 10 2011: Thanks for your feedback, Margaret.
        Your comment made me feel like adding 11th thing that I know to be true - those who preach don't practice)
        However, I don't see any gap between the power of will and limit to everything... I guess these lie in different planes. What I implicated by the power of will is the powerful inner gust of consentrated thoughts and drives that contributes to dream's actualization, and it has nothing to do with being "greedy" and unlimited desires because in most cases it's unconscious... What's your idea of this?
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          Nov 10 2011: I like u ,Anastasiya ...haha... 11th thing reveals you as a action-type-powerful-woman!
          i kind of like it. What if the case if u....there's something u desire to do "your will" ....but just not sure u can breakthrough ur own internal "your limit" ? i think i m asking that....about the gust and belief in your own breakthrough-able belief/ability.....
          how do u usually empower your gust? (i think i have you 'r a right person to say something about it )

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