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What I know...in 19 steps
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.