I know I’m right! No, I completely disagree! How could you believe that? I’m sure it will never happen!
Our brain and our emotions lead us to taking strong positions like the above. The frequency of statements is quite astounding.
We all choose to grow intellectually and emotionally in different ways. We each gain great experience and what we call knowledge. We might say we have become very knowledgeable. The truth is we will have discovered we know very little in the grand scheme of things.
Many great philosophers have said the more knowledge is pursued the more we find how little we know. Also, great minds have had a very difficult time determining the conditions that result in information becoming knowledge.
It is quite remarkable how many times people will answer a question with a strong or detail answer when the proper statement would have been, “I don’t know.” Equally befuddling is when one states a belief and receives a response such as, “No, that’s not true.” The only right answer is to say, “Oh, but it is true; how can you say I do not believe what I say I believe?” These examples may seem silly to many people. Perhaps they are silly, perhaps not. Subtle changes in the ways in which we humans interact can become the foundations of vast cultural change.
We will have discovered, on our joyful journey to happiness, a perspective on what we do not know is much more important in life than what we do know.
Some believe Jesus Christ did not exist.
Some believe Jesus Christ was a famous person
Some believe Jesus Christ was a great prophet and teacher
Some believe Jesus Christ died on a cross.
Some believe Jesus Christ the Son of God, died on The Cross, was Resurrected, and accept Christ as their Savior.
December 25 we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and have done so for decades and decades. We are not completely sure December 25 is the exact birthday, but that day is the day we have chosen for Christmas.
There is no bigger birthday celebration. I believe Jesus Christ deserves such a party for the impact his life has on the human race. A really great, extremely big party requires lots of hard work, lots of food, lots of gifts, and lots of love. I cannot imagine there ever being a bigger and better birthday party than the one people have around the world at Christmas. I believe Christ is quite impressed and is especially pleased with our giving the gifts to one another.
As a part of going to see Santa Claus each year, my mother would save the picture of my sitting on Santa’s knee. She would display these in our dining room each holiday season. When I was six years old I vividly remember reviewing the pictures of three previous visits to Santa. I had a question.
“What is it, Topper?” She called me Topper. I don’t know why.
“In these three pictures, Santa looks different. Which one is the real Santa?
“I believe they are all Santa, Topper.”
“No, Mom, that can’t be. The one in the middle is the real Santa. The others must be Santa’s helpers. Santa can’t be everywhere, all the time.”
I wasn’t ready to let go.
There was a time I thought we were both wrong and I didn’t believe in Santa Claus. A few years later I began to believe Mom was right, they were all Santa. Today I believe we were neither right nor wrong. Simply, we both believed in Santa Claus.
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Many forms of Goverment have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
Sir Winston Churchill
We will have discovered on our joyful pursuit of happiness our heartfelt, strong belief in someone or something is best combined with our strong commitment to personal action.
We will have discovered a “Yes” attitude toward the future leads to a joyful pursuit of happiness.
For those endeavors that feel attainable, we say yes. Yes, I have goals I know I can reach, and I am willing to act upon. believe in, and commit to whatever it takes to attain them. For those that seem beyond our reach, we say yes. Yes this appears to be beyond my reach, but I am willing to take the risk, enthusiastically pursue it, and to learn from the experience regardless of the outcome.
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There’s nothing wrong with me! It’s all because of them, they’re the problem!
We will have discovered on our joyful pursuit of happiness we tend to judge others on their obvious weaknesses and judge ourselves on our greatest plans yet to produce results.
We will discover we benefit by changing some things we don’t like about ourself. We cannot correct all our weaknesses; however we discover it is best to change some. Spending time on this is a difficult balance. Most of us will have the feeling late in life we spent too much time beating ourself up and being too frustrated at some of our weaknesses. The truth is some of those will not have even been weaknesses. We just thought they were.
We also will have discovered it is helpful to change some things we do like about ourself. Building on strengths is a part of this. Another part is losing interest and motivation. We all will find we become complacent about something we once liked very much; a habit, a physical characteristic, a belief, and more.
The best way we change ourself is through true belief the change is what we strongly desire, true belief we can do it, and true commitment to doing what it takes to get there. Asking “how do I know when I am there?” helps focus on the result.
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