My Absolute Truths

Some are my own epiphanies and discoveries, many have come or evolved from my favorite quotes or literature. These are the things I tell myself:

  1. There is no absolute truth. Everything is situational.
  2. Be someone you’d like to meet.
  3. It is not your business what others think of you.
  4. There can be no progress without vulnerability.
  5. “Ready” is a myth. For the big, difficult, important things, you will almost never feel 100% ready. You need to strike when the iron is hot, which does not always coincide with when you feel most “ready.”
  6. Love = trust + respect + appreciation. Trust is how you perceive a person’s intentions for you. Respect is how this person treats themselves and you. Appreciation is all the fun and tenderness you share.
  7. The spotlight effect. People are usually too busy hoping other people don’t notice their own flaws to notice yours.
  8. In the same vein, people aren’t against you; they are just for themselves.
  9. Just like brakes always overpower gas, apathy and doubt will always overpower love and progress.
  10. “The fact that a great many people believe something is no guarantee of its truth.” (The Razor’s Edge, Maugham)
  11. Also, don’t believe everything you think. Your own mind can be a sick, masochistic place.
  12. Tell people what you love about them. They will feel appreciated and continue to feel proud about doing that thing you love; you will feel better for empowering their confidence.
  13. Go rogue when you need to. Great things often lose their essential greatness when they have to be adapted to fit the whims and diversity of a group.
  14. “Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” (Bill Nye)
  15. It is usually better to trust and end up hurt than to close yourself off and miss out on potential beauty.
  16. A good workout and a long sleep will always make you feel better.
  17. No envy, no fear. At their very cores, most of your problems are caused by these two emotions.
  18. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” (Maya Angelou)
  19. If you learn to relate to people on their own terms, they will feel accepted and you will learn something.

What are yours?

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