3 Things I Know to Be True

Take 20 minutes out of your day to watch this: http://www.ted.com/talks/sarah_kay_if_i_should_have_a_daughter.html

I promise, it’s worth it. (Minute 11 is hilarious.)

The TED Talk speaker, Sarah Kay, asks us to identify three things we know to be true about ourselves. Go ahead, think of your truths. As I was thinking about mine, I realized this was incredibly difficult. I began thinking of universal truths rather than just my own. For every truth I composed to be universal, I thought of an argument finding it false. After reframing my thoughts, these are my truths:

1.) There’s nothing like an up-beat song to make me start dancing, singing, and smiling.
2.) When I bake, which is often, I will always test the batter, more than once.
3.) I will never be satisfied with my current collection of shoes.

These are three of my many truths. Although I do not think they are earth shattering, they make me who I am. During her talk, Sarah says:

“At a certain point you would realize that someone has the exact same thing or one thing very similar to something on your list. And then someone else has something the complete opposite of yours. Third, someone has something you have never heard of. And forth someone has something you thought you knew everything about, but they are introducing a new angle of looking at it.”

Even the things we know to be the essence of our being, are not the essence of any other. Our truths are unique to our perspectives, our experiences, our journey, and the knowledge we have collected along the way. Thus, we each have something unique to bring to the table.

While we all have those things we know to be true, we have a million other things that are mysteries. I appreciate Sarah’s perspective of approaching the unknown:

Step 1: I can.
Step 2: I will.
Step 3: Gather what you know to discover what you don’t know.

I know I still have much to discover, but I am willing to learn.

“There’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it is sucked away.”

Maybe the one truth I know to be universal is there is beauty in the world. Sometimes we have to look to find it, other times it is encompassing.

Katie Schmalzel

Student Affairs - the First Years

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  2. Thank you for sharing this and motivating us!

    We all have our perspective and that's what makes our work so interesting and lovely. How do you think we help our students embrace their perspective and help them understand this fact?

    We all have a shared existence, let us marvel in that!


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