Thirty True Things You Need To Know Now.
I recently read this little book by Gordon Livingston, MD.
Some interesting insights, and a relatively easy read, though certainly not mindblowing stuff.
In his opinion, the thirty true things that you need to know are…..
- If the map doesn’t agree with the ground, the map is wrong.
- We are what we do.
- It is difficult to remove by logic an idea not placed there by logic in the first place.
- The statue of limitations has expired on most of our childhood traumas.
- Any relationship is under the control of the person who cares the least.
- Feelings follow behaviour.
- Be bold, and mighty forces will come to your aid.
- The perfect is the enemy of the good.
- Life’s two most important questions are “Why?” and “Why not?”. The trick is knowing which one to ask.
- Our greatest strengths are our greatest weaknesses.
- The most secure prisons are those we construct for ourselves.
- The problems of the elderly are frequently serious but seldom interesting.
- Happiness is the ultimate risk.
- True love is the apple of Eden.
- Only bad things happen quickly.
- Not all who wander are lost.
- Unrequited love is painful but not romantic.
- There is nothing more pointless, or common, than doing the same things and expecting different results.
- We flee from the truth in vain.
- It’s a poor idea to lie to oneself.
- We are all prone to the myth of the perfect stranger.
- Love is never lost, not even in death.
- Nobody likes to be told what to do.
- The major advantage of illness is that it provides relief from responsibility.
- We are afraid of the wrong things.
- Parents have a limited ability to shape their children’s behaviour, except for the worse.
- The only real paradises are those we have lost.
- Of all the forms of courage, the ability to laugh is the most profoundly therapeutic.
- Mental health requires freedom of choice.
- Forgiveness is a form of letting go, but they are not the same thing.