What do we know for sure? I used to think I knew a lot of things for sure. No grey areas. But the older I get, the more I read books and experience things and meet new people, I feel less sure about what I know. And that feeling keeps me curious and growing and on my toes.
As writer Mark Twain once said, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you in trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”
When we are so sure that our way is the only way, we may miss opportunities. But when we are eager to hear the other side, we have the chance to develop our thoughts and shape our journey.
Some people shy away from talking about politics or religion. But doesn’t understanding come from discussion? From listening and hearing someone else’s point of view? Being able to put ourselves in the shoes of another?
And at the same time, we need to speak our own truth. Be ourselves. As author Neale Donald Walsch said, “So long as you are still worried about what others think of you, you are owned by them. Only when you require no approval from outside yourself can you own yourself.”
So what do I know for sure? I know we have one life to live. I know we each have a gift. I know that challenges make us grow. I know that action is invaluable. I know that there are many sides to one story. And I know that family is everything.
How can we be true to ourselves and still be open to learn from those who challenge us today? How can we listen to truly hear? How can we take action towards using our gifts?
We know what to do. That’s for sure.