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What I know...in 19 steps

Updated on July 17, 2016
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What I know...

By Tony DeLorger © 2013

The following list represents nineteen lessons in life that I have deemed truth and important enough to express as fundamental to my understanding and the paradigm within which I live my own life. I hope they are helpful in posing questions and thoughts related to your own understanding.

I know that in every glorious dawn there is a cessation of darkness and in life the opportunity to embrace light on every level, and transform those aspects of life we deem necessary to change.

I know that how we think and what we think impacts on the reality of our physical life, and that thoughts have substance. Change therefore is only a thought away.

I know that human beings incorporate the capacity of both good and evil, and what prevails in life is as much about choice as heredity, although inherent and environmental forces are often powerful and rarely easy to overcome.

I know that anything is possible in life and the limitations that exist in relation to the fruition of our dreams, are created by we alone.

I know that each one of us is singularly individual and incomparable, and success in life is more about our own perceptions rather than any popular criterion. Self-esteem therefore must be developed from our own pursuits and judgement rather than anyone else’s stamp of approval.

I know that life is hard and often seemingly unfair, but life both physically and mentally depends on the rule of balance and that perspective is essential in understanding cause and effect in our decision making.

I know that no matter what negative experiences we have and will endue, they too are a part of our life journey and all experiences bare gifts of learning, no matter how devastating they seem at the time.

I know that in order to let go of the past, one has to understand it and forgive those who have hurt us, so we may move on and embrace the present unencumbered, thus creating a clean and open future.

I know that pain teaches us more than any other experience, and our propensity to wallow in it keeps us in a holding pattern, unable to move forward. Therefore being pragmatic and trying to understand the lessons associated with the pain helps us to be free of it.

I know that Love is the greatest achievement we can achieve in life: to love and to be loved. Love is a condition of selflessness that inspires us to elevate our consciousness into a more spiritual life, whereby we can gain a higher perspective of the physical world and an appreciation of the miracle of life we have been given.

I know that dogmas, whether they be religious, political or philosophical, are limited and therefore cannot represent any truth definitive. Dogmas are used by men seeking power, influence and wealth, to gain support and achieve their individual or group goals for self gain.

I know that human beings by nature, need something to believe in, and will follow those who offer, security, consolation, peace of mind and promise for a future. Group mind is a powerful weapon.

I know that spirituality is an individual experience governed by the moral code we have gleaned from our upbringing, from social conformity and our own experiences. This moral code is the parameters within which we define our thoughts and actions in life, and therefore who we are and how we are perceived.

I know human beings are basically arrogant thinking we are in any way superior to other forms of life on earth, and in that respect have created great imbalances due to our cruelty, greed and thoughtlessness. This impact on earth is being realized and will be brought into balance one way or another, the suffering of human beings already a consequence.

I know that most people take for granted what we have in life and that lack of respect for the natural world has grave consequences.

I know that human beings have unlimited potential if only we could learn to work together rather than compete against one another.

I know that difference should be a course of learning rather than something that divides us. Again, respect for one another, regardless of race, creed or culture, is the first fundamental step toward a peaceful world. No dogma will ever unite the world, without some form of authoritarianism.

I know that human beings are basically good, with few exceptions, and that it is up to us as individuals to develop an open heart of compassion and forgiveness, so we may teach those lost in the darkness of this world, it doesn't have to be this way.

I know that imagination is the beginning of change and each one of us can make a difference.


Life is about discovery, an innate will to know and understand the aspects of this miracle journey of life. The more we learn, the more we understand how much we do not know. But in the end, life can only be about sharing love and relating our own perceptions to those around us. In this we find place and meaning in our existence.

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      Lee Tea 

      4 years ago from Erie, PA

      It is alright to take your time getting back to me. You've inspired me to go back and read some of my own poems from months ago, and surprisingly enough they seem to have aged well to me. I, HP, and the internet will be here for a while I suspect, so I'll see you when I see you, no hurries no worries. But in the name of spreading light, start here when you get a chance: http://leetea.hubpages.com/hub/The-Idiots-Necklace

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Agreed Lee, light attracts light and darkness is defeated with but one candle light, retreating into the shadows. We do seem to hold similar beliefs and perhaps experiences. I'm looking forward to reading your work, but it always takes me time, I don't often have. I write incessantly and I'm in the middle of moving house- such fun. Be in contact soon, my new friend. Take care

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      Lee Tea 

      4 years ago from Erie, PA

      I like how you wrote this - declarative and not preachy. Some of these sit in the forefront of my mind everyday, and others I was certainly happy to be reminded of this evening.

      You seem to have the same perspective as I in many instances without the delusion that often comes as part of being sold this was of processing life, instead of discovering it for oneself to be true. I suppose that's the result of our behind-the-curtain experience in sales and marketing. Whatever it is, it replaces supposition with truth, "I believe" with "I know."

      Thank you for sharing your wisdom - may we all be so motivated to do the same. Imagine... a world where we spend our banter sharing what we know to be true from experience with one another. We could light up the dark of space...

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      I'm very glad you connected to my thoughts saisarannaga, and appreciate your kind comment. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

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      saisarannaga 

      4 years ago from Chennai in Tamilnadu, India.

      Well, i can't represent my feelings after reading your beautiful and thoughtful hub; You have poured your entire experience and its outcome, the gist of your sixty years wisdom culled from your knowledge. Thank you once again for sharing those beautiful and elevating thoughts. May God bless you profusely.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Glad you enjoyed it Martin. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Martin Kloess 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this perspective.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Glad you appreciate my thoughts FR, and I always appreciate your comments and blessings. Take Care.

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Well, Tony, you know of such beauty in this life ... thank you for sharing your stirring perceptions of life here with all!

      Beyond lovely.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Well, it keeps saying "Whoops" on Pinterest, but I will keep trying.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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