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~ December 2009 ~

For many years I have had a favorite quote that is short and sweet and gets right to the point.

"Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they're yours."

I credited it to Jonathan Livingston Seagull, a book that was written by Richard Bach some 30 + years ago.

I reread the book recently, and when I was through I realized that this quote I have been crediting to this book and this author is nowhere in the book. I even went back to be sure I had not missed it and saw that there were references to limitations a few times, but no direct quote. Did I paraphrase it or should it be credited to another writer?

Does anyone out there know where this saying came from?

Meanwhile I have been thinking about the times I have sent information on and later found out it was not true. It used to happen a lot when I first started to use a computer. I would get an email that warned me about something, so I would pass the information on to friends and then find out it was a hoax. This is why I don't send anything out that is questionable, and I never send out those emails that tell me I will have bad luck if I don't.

And so far, I have not had any bad luck so I guess that myth is definitely not true.

So how do we know when something is true? We can look in a reference book, check out snopes.com, ask someone who would know the correct answer, or we can trust what we feel.

When we hear something, we can pay attention to how it feels. Does it feel right or does it feel off somehow? Maybe you feel neutral about it. At least you are giving yourself the power to decide for yourself what you think. Too often we depend on the outer world to show us how to be, how to feel, what to wear, how to think. We get used to others thinking for us and get lazy.

I would rather come to an incorrect conclusion by myself, than to get it right because someone told me that is how I should feel.

What do you think?

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