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It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so…

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When I eat my breakfast in the morning, I like to watch an inspiring video rather than turn on the news which can often be grim and depressing. Today, I chose to watch this video of Wayne Dyer. In it, he shares a great quote by Mark Twain:

It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”

The lesson is that sometimes we think we know something for sure but in fact, we can be wrong. This is something I try to keep in mind constantly as we often make assumptions in our daily lives and act towards others based on those (wrong) assumptions.

Dr. Dyer also reads a poem by Valerie Cox that I find not only beautiful but insightful and every time I hear it it puts a smile on my face:

A woman was waiting at an airport one night, with several long hours before her flight. She hunted for a book in the airport shops, bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop. She was engrossed in her book but happened to see, that the man sitting beside her, as bold as could be grabbed a cookie or two from the bag in between which she tried to ignore to avoid a scene. 

So she munched the cookies and watched the clock, as the gutsy cookie thief diminished her stock. She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by, thinking, “If I wasn’t so nice, I would blacken his eye.” With each cookie she took, he took one too, when only one was left, she wondered what he would do. 

With a smile on his face, and a nervous laugh, he took the last cookie and broke it in half. He offered her half, as he ate the other. She snatched it from him and thought… oooh, brother. This guy has some nerve and he’s also rude. 

Why he didn’t even show any gratitude! She had never known when she had been so galled and sighed with relief when her flight was called. She gathered her belongings and headed to the gate, refusing to look back at the thieving ingrate. 

She boarded the plane, and sank in her seat then she sought her book, which was almost complete. As she reached in her baggage, she gasped with surprise, there was her bag of cookies, in front of her eyes. If mine are here, she moaned in despair, the others were his, and he tried to share. 

Too late to apologize, she realized with grief, that she was the rude one, the ingrate, the thief.

Have you ever assumed something only to realize that you were wrong? It happens to the best of us. The important thing is to learn from this and always keep an open heart and mind. Have a wonderful day my lovelies! xx

2 Responses to It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so…

  1. Wow what a beautiful poem!
    Great article Gen…loved it :).

    • redfairy February 16, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

      Thanks Jennifer! I can just read this poem over and over again. It really makes you think about how you look at life and others.

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