Wisdom, Truth and Other Illusions

The key to humor is the ability to see thoughts, objects and events in a different way.  Happiness and a stress-free life are shaped by the same process.  There is always another way of looking at life.  Sharpening that skill leads us to better speaking, better thinking and better living.  Those thoughts motivated me to write this article.  If you like it…great.  If you don’t…be glad that it’s the only article like this that I’ve written since I started my blog six years ago.

Wisdom, Truth and Other Illusions

1.  A sense of humor is about perceptions, relationships and re-framing life’s experiences in a positive way.
2.  Problem solving involves making previously unnoticed connections.  Developing humor uses the same process.
3.  My perceptions are grounded in truth…sometimes…when I’m lucky.
4.  Choices and decisions harden into habits and attitudes.
5.  New knowledge is understood by connecting it to existing knowledge.  That’s why new knowledge is not always better than old knowledge.
6.  The advice of others becomes wisdom after passing the test of time.
7.  Well-intentioned advice may lead to the edge of a cliff.
8.  Truth and wisdom are not default insights.
9.  A belief might have value even though it may be wrong.
10.  Would you rather be right and miserable or wrong and happy?
11.  Being right is a subjective state.  And often a fragile and fleeting one.
12.  When you stop thinking, you don’t have what’s RIGHT, you only have what’s LEFT unconsidered.  And you’re much less likely to be in touch with what is correct.
14.  Your superstitions may be obvious to others.
15.  When you are weighing what is right or wrong…the correct answer usually lies somewhere in the middle.
16.  The easy path to truth would seem like a shortcut if it weren’t an oxymoron.
17.  Hypocrisy is the proud partner of blind arrogance.
18.  Your logic makes sense until it contradicts my truth.
19.  Considering someone else’s thinking reflects well on your character.
20.  Criticizing someone else’s thinking reflects on the limits of your own thought.
21.  Love and kindness are not expressions or emotions.  They are lifestyles.
22.  Words are smothered by the shadow of action.
23.  The wisdom of the ages may be gold…or it may lead you down a well-worn path to a faulty truth. 
24.  Truth is strengthened by examination.  That which fears examination is not truth.
25.  What is right and wrong doesn’t always reflect what is correct and proper…but it does show us who has the power to make the rules. 
26.  Safe-guard the rights and welfare of others as though they were your own.
27.  If you can’t clearly view the other side, you’ll never see the big picture.
28.  Insisting on your point of view for the sake of principle…is fuel for endless argument and a recipe for stagnation.
29.  Enjoy the moment.  A drop in time is the essence of your life.  Be significant and let the ripple of your thoughts and actions make a positive difference.
30.  Most people make the world a better place because they lived.  The others make the world a better place because they died. 
31.  You leave a mark of beauty on the world or you tag it with graffiti.
32.  If you want to tighten a screw and someone hands you a hammer, don’t assume that because they own a tool they are an expert.
33.  If you add your assessment of the facts to your interpretation of another person’s intentions; you are mixing opinion with an intuitive guess, giving you a sum of questionable value.
34.  In most situations, the facts are shaped by your opinions.
35.  The body turns peanut butter into brain tissue.  Don’t debunk that which you fail to understand.
36.  Your interpretations are clouded by the lens of your experience.  And truth is obscured by the same.
37.  Good vibes sent out the front window return thru the back door.
38.  Most people are trying to do the right thing.
39.  Believe in the good intention and motivation of others and forgiveness will never be necessary.
40.  Yesterday was the first time I was mistaken…again.

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