What Do You Know?
Posted on November 09 2015
“Since the day the late Gene Siskel asked me, ‘What do you know for sure?’ and I got all flustered and started stuttering and couldn’t come up with an answer, I’ve never stopped asking myself that question.” Oprah Winfrey
I have always believed that as pursuers of truth and purpose, we go through 3 stages in this remarkable journey of ours called life. It all begins with “I think” – I think I’m capable; I think I can do this; I think it will be okay…When we begin to grasp the truth behind who we really are, belief steps in. I believe that I can make it; I believe that I’m more than capable; I believe that I can do this. You can think, you can certainly believe but nothing beats knowing.
When I’ve found myself in the face of incredibly difficult circumstances, my saving grace has been diving deep into what I know. To know is to trust your journey implicitly. To know is to recognize that there are no mistakes in life. To know is to realize that you are exactly where you are supposed be, doing exactly what you should be doing.
Knowing doesn’t mean that doubt won’t arise. In fact, the only way to put what you know into practice is to allow doubt to rise up. In knowing, you recognize doubt exactly for what it is –fear or as I like to call it, fluff. Knowing, means accepting what is and surrendering to the present moment. It means seeing a life situation exactly as it is and not the story you’ve chosen to tell about it. It means letting life flow for you and through you even when you feel like going against the current.
“People believe themselves to be dependent on what happens for their happiness. They don’t realize that what happens is the most unstable thing in the universe.” Eckhart Tolle
In happiness and sadness, doubt and confidence; In times of change and periods of uncertainty, what I know has remained my saving grace. Thanks to life’s most beautiful and challenging moments, I continue to add to that arsenal. Below are three personal truths that I keep going back to.
1. Nothing and no one can add or take away from who I already am
2. Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know
3. This too shall pass
What do you know? I’d love to hear some of the truths that keep you going.