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Which Truth to Believe

Updated on September 09, 2016

In your mind, you're right

In my mind, I'm right

If I allow myself to instead agree with you,

I cry and think less of myself too

But if I allow myself to agree with only me,

I know that somehow just can't be

Perhaps the truth is somewhere down the middle

And we both just reacted to the way the other reacted to the middle

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      John Hansen 6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Shannon, I had to read this twice, but it is very intelligently written and even though it is short it makes the reader think.

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      Shannon 6 months ago from Texas

      Hi, Jodah. I'm glad it made you think. That was my intention. :) I was thinking about how we can't change someone else's perspective of us or our actions if they don't want to change them, no matter what our own truth may be. But that doesn't mean we have to change ours completely or at all, especially if another's perspective belittles something good in us.

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      This is an excellent piece on a subject that most do not like to dig deeply into. Somehow coming to believe that our truths are not ultimate truths leaves us standing on shifting sand and it is uncomfortable. But I think it is what we need.

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      manatita44 6 months ago from london

      Interesting one, shanmarie. What can I say? Carry on!

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Wonderful perspective with great truths in it. Relationships...friendships...they are tough for sure. We are such complicated creatures, aren't we?

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      Hari Prasad S 6 months ago from Bangalore

      Excellent poem. Shanmarie.

      Let me find and mind my mind from,

      Some one, who pretends.

      Some acts, too kind,

      Some facts, well defined,

      Then all would be fine again.

      - hari

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 months ago from Southern Illinois

      They say there's always two sides to every dilemma, maybe meeting in the middle and really listening, but that doesn't always work either. Now you've got me thinking, that's good!

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      Shannon 6 months ago from Texas

      Shifting sand indeed, Eric! I wonder if that's the very reason some distances are never bridged. No one likes to face uncertainty.

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      Shannon 6 months ago from Texas

      Thanks, manatita!

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      Shannon 6 months ago from Texas

      Hi, Bill. We're all complicated creatures for sure. But we're also simple, too, aren't we? We all have the same basic wants and needs and that will never change.

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      Shannon 6 months ago from Texas

      Hello, Hari. People keep saying my poem makes them think. Yours certainly does the same. Thanks.

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      Faith Reaper 6 months ago from southern USA

      You always get us thinking, dear Shan.

      It's always uncomfortable when we believe we are misunderstood by another ...and there's nothing really we can do about it.

      Very good poem!

      Hugs

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      Shannon 6 months ago from Texas

      Hi, Ruby. I'm glad I made you think. Makes me feel like I'm accomplishing something with the things I write. LOL. I'd like to believe that meeting in the middle is the answer and that it can at the very least offer the understanding of another's perspective.Understanding another perspective can possibly change our own slightly, but that's all up to the individual if altering our own perception according to another's is what we want to do or not. Sometimes it can at least be the first step in building a better relationshp rather than just staying estranged. But you're right that it is not always the case. It always takes two willing parties to do that.

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      Shannon 6 months ago from Texas

      Thank you, Theresa. Hugs to you too! Yes, it is always uncomfortable and the hard part, for me, is accepting that I can do nothing about it. It doesn't matter as much when it's just some random stranger or a general acquaintance. But when it is a friend or someone particularly close to me it can be difficult.

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      FlourishAnyway 6 months ago from USA

      Yes, when it comes to the truth there's one person's perspective, then the others, and somewhere between there is the truth. Most people won't admit that, however.

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      Shannon 6 months ago from Texas

      Hello, Flourish. At least it seems you are willing to admit it. Probably goes a lot Nguyen way when dissolving tensions between you and someone else.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      The older I get the more I find the need to double check my perception - especially with relationships. You've really hit the nail on the head with your insightful poem.

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      Shannon 6 months ago from Texas

      Thank you, Audrey. It's nice to know I wrote something insightful that makes people think.

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      Shyron E Shenko 6 months ago

      Shannon,

      If you are right

      And I am right

      Then you and I must think alike

      If you are wrong

      And I am wrong

      It doesn't matter

      Cause you and I would still get along

      I am so glad you are my friend

      And I am flexible enough to bend

      If I find that you are more right in the end

      *

      *

      Love you poem my poetic friend

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      Shannon 6 months ago from Texas

      Awww, Shyron, what a lovely poem you leave behind as a comment. Special enough to be your own hub instead of a comment here. Thank you.

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      Kiss andTales 6 months ago

      Wonderful way to discuss truth Shanmari.

      Here is a short poem contributed to your hub.

      Love the truth.

      Love the truth

      or live a lie

      Live a lie you hate the truth

      Hate the truth you love the lie

      Love the lie , there is no truth

      Love the truth there is no lie !

      I love the truth !

      I can not lie !

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      Shannon 6 months ago from Texas

      Hello, Kiss and Tales. Thank you for reading and leaving a contribution representing your interpretation.

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      Paula 6 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Shan......Marcus is my very favorite Roman Emperor. Quotes of his are some of the most powerful & enlightening. You chose well!

      Your poem sums it all up quite well!.....Peace, Paula

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      ocfireflies 6 months ago from North Carolina

      So few word with so much truth. Nicely done and enjoyed.

      Kim

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      Shannon 6 months ago from Texas

      Thank you, Paula. I'm glad you approve of my quote choice. Peace to you too. I hope you have a relaxing weekend. I just ran some errands and now I'm trying not to burn the lunch. ;) LOL

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      Shannon 6 months ago from Texas

      Thank you, Kim. Good to see you here. Hope all is well with you.

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      ahorseback 6 months ago

      You are a real thinker my dear ! I love that about people , it helps to re-invent my faith in humanity ! Hey , No one ever be surprised at the wisdom of our friends . Hugs !....................:-}

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      Shannon 6 months ago from Texas

      Ed! How good to see you here. Hugs back at ya. I'm not always so wise, but ya'll make me feel like I can be. Thanks.

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