What I know to be true

January 11, 2021

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A truism is something that is obviously true. But no matter how obvious, sometimes we just don’t want to believe they are true.

Here are a few examples of truisms, as I see them. If you have some of your own, I’d love you to add them in the comments.

When someone shows you who they are, you really should believe them the first time.

A leopard’s spots change only with great effort.

Thoughts do become things–and there are times when the things they become don’t look like we think we want them to.

We are all accountable for how we treat others.

We don’t know what we don’t know. 

Just because someone labels themselves a Christian, it doesn’t mean they actually behave in accordance with Christ’s principles.

Forgiveness is liberating.

Life isn’t fair.

You don’t have to see the whole staircase to take the first step.

Good health is everything.

Actions do speak louder than words.

Failure is not fatal.

It’s usually worth the risk.

Kindness is never wasted.

Few decisions are fatal.

Comparisons are unnecessary and even harmful.

It’s all in the details.

If you come to a fork in the road, take it. (thanks, Yogi Berra!)

Thinking about living is not the same as living.

Worry is wasted energy.

if it costs you peace it’s too expensive.

Laughter makes for a happier life.

Re-reading the last chapter keeps you from the next.

A cupcake always helps. (Unless you are diabetic.)

Got a truism or two you’d like to add in the Comments section?

21 comments on “What I know to be true
  1. Forgiveness is liberating (I need to work on that one) but so is self acceptance, so I guess that’s what I’d add.

  2. Beth Havey says:

    Carol, thanks for this.I don’t have a sister, but if I did, I would want her to call me and remind me of these things. I guess my keyboard is where I go to heal my hurts about this country. I need to write today. Damn I need to write. Thinking of you, Beth

  3. The first one is one I use often. For five long years, my anxiety has gone through the roof. I think the world finally sees what we’ve seen all along.

  4. KrIsten says:

    There’s no harm in asking.

  5. Diane says:

    I LOVE these! All of them! Do you mind if I copy them and make a poster for my office?
    What would I add? There’s nothing so gentle as real strength.

  6. Peggy Thiele says:

    I just bought my first guided journal..I have no idea how to get started…btw I lived/grew up in Belmont and have since moved to Cheyenne..I love Monterey!

  7. Shari says:

    Yup, all true! Fun to read, too!

  8. What a great collection of ‘isms!!

  9. These certainly are truisms. I especially like the cupcake one.

  10. Always rise above the drama.

  11. Lauren says:

    What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger

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