The other day I was
listening to a speaker who informed his listeners that he was the ONLY one with
the true facts on the subject being presented.
I didn’t agree.
The speaker, as I
am at this moment, was merely expressing an opinion, and contrary to what he
said, it was solely his, as this is solely mine, opinion, and though there are
some who would have agreed with him, his opinion was not that shared by the
Even when he quoted
the various experts and authorities that he based his premise on, he was still
just offering us his opinion, and his version or interpretation of the
material, which may have been correct, or it may not have been.
Was he telling the
truth? He thought he was. Am I?
I think I am. Yet, someone else,
with a different opinion, and different information, could come along and - with
their different viewpoint - reveal something totally different. It all depends on how the situation is
As for whether what
he was presenting consisted of true facts, well, I reserve judgement on that
too. Excuse me...but how many years did
the Europeans believe BEYOND ANY DOUBT that the world was as flat as a pancake
and the sky was an upside down bowl over their heads? That was an indisputable “fact” that everyone
I do have to
qualify that it was an European belief because pretty much every indigenous
tribe around the globe, as well as the ancient Chinese and some northern pre-Celtic
peoples, knew that the world was indeed round, not flat.
And how many of the
“facts” that we learned in school have now been proven to be false, or at the
very least, incomplete, in all areas of life?
Just because “everyone” believes something, doesn’t make it right or
As humans we love
to create, and then mindlessly cling to, certainties in our lives, yet, there is
no certainty, really. We like to think
the sun will rise tomorrow (the most certain event in our lives) - and chances
are pretty good it will - but we have no certainly it will till we see it rise.
According to folk
wisdom, if you hear a message or song, or read the same phrase in different
resources,, or see a particular sign, three times it is very important and you
should pay close attention.
Well, for the last
four years I’ve been told I need to slow down, take it easy, rest more, and
other variations of that theme.Okay, to
be totally honest, I’ve heard that message longer than four years, but it’s
been louder, and more often, in the past four years since I totally collapsed,
most particularly in the past year.Occasionally,
the message has been accompanied by an implied, or spoken, “...or else…” statement.
Now, in my defence,
I honesty thought I had slow down, and I have been resting for a good three-quarters
of my time, but still it didn’t seem enough as I kept hearing the message to slow
down and rest over and over again from various sources.And, I’d counter that if I slowed down any
more, I’d be at a stand-still.
I wasn’t...it was
The end of February
my mom fell and broke her right elbow (yes, she’s right-handed), and I wasn’t
able to physically cope with the situation on top of my own health issues, and
my cries for help were ignored.When I
reached a crisis point, I found myself - not standing still - flat on my back
unable to stop crying for a month and a half!Bone-deep exhaustion didn’t even come remotely close to describing how I
felt physically, mentally, and emotionally.
You’d have thought
I had hit rock bottom at that point, but no, I seemed to merely be bouncing
around it, as I managed to go down even further!This was, in part, because I was still doing
the paper deliveries each time, even though I was supposed to be in bed.
down, taking it easy, and stopping became my only option as I had absolutely no
energy reserves left to do anything else. I am required to rest for much longer
if I want to recover.
The good news is
that this time of rest is slowly giving my body a chance to recover, rebuild,
and replenish itself.And thankfully I
do have people helping me out now, which I really appreciate.