What are the three most magical words? Yes, our ears have enjoyed hearing, “I love you.” Yet, how many times in your experience has that been proven to be a lie? These three words will protect your heart: Prove All Things.
In fact, these three words can easily be remembered by the comfort they offer. Similar to a HUG (Hope Understanding Gratitude), the benefit of an effort to PAT (Prove All Things) is a soothing massage for our souls.
Think of your favorite hero — a coach, teacher, or mentor. They were strong of belief and quick to change, when proven wrong. Their rock-solid foundation provided the flexibility to entertain differing views on any topic.
On the other hand, think of your last unpleasant encounter. Without knowing the details, I do know the cause of your frustration. YOU bumped into a fragile ego floating downstream in the flow of societal propaganda.
The little minds refuse to do the hard work of proving all things. Rather, they let others do the “thinking” — and, like sheep to the slaughter, the wishy-washy simply follow the Facebook crowd into oblivion.
One simple word question can test the mettle of any relationship: Why? Whatever the stated belief or opinion, be curious and ask, “Why?” The bold and courageous will passionately share their thoughts. The timid and indoctrinated will explode in anger — because they “feel” challenged.
Their runaway emotions are driven by ego and expectations. They have never “stood for anything” — so they “fall for everything.” Whatever the latest cool thing is, that’s what they “believe” — for the moment.
The unproven are known by their weak moral code (lack of character) and refusal to change bad beliefs — even in the face of facts to the contrary.
Hard Is Easy
Lies are so much easier to believe than the Truth. The statement, “the earth is flat” requires no effort to believe. In contrast, to prove the absurdity of that falsehood requires work — and an investment of Time and Money.
Look around your world and what do you find? I’ve discovered unsuccessful people always take the shortcuts in life (the easy way) and the successful ones get out of their comfort zones to take the longer route (the hard way).
The hard way makes us think, learn, and grow — because we invest the time and resources to prove all things. What others view as obstacles; we see as opportunities — to fully understand the Truth.
Easy Is Hard » Hard Is Easy
To Thine Own Self
Even for those less than William Shakespeare aficionados, we can finish with, “Be true.” What one person has proven to be true may not be the best for another. For example, a Ruby Red Ford F-150 Pickup has been proven by me to be the best for my road trips. YOU might suffer under the ownership.
Silly example — yet, the idea is “Food for Thought.” How many things have YOU proven to be the very best — for yourself? I can guarantee this: the more you prove; the more you discover — how much more there is to learn.
Or to frame this concept in the immortal words of Coach John Wooden, “What a leader learns after you’ve learned it all counts most of all.”
For the ultimate motivation to prove all things and become the authentic version of ourselves, consider the result of making a copy of a Copy. The image becomes distorted, blurry, and smudged by the process. For a comedic rendering of the opposite of authenticity watch Multiplicity.
This above all: to thine own self be true.William Shakespeare from Act 1, Scene III of the famous play, Hamlet
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Farewell, my blessing season this in thee!
Trust and Verify
In the context of nuclear disarmament, President Ronald Reagan was known for quoting a Russian proverb, “Trust, but verify.”
As most of us know, everything that precedes a “but” can be ignored — because the truth is what follows. So, in other words, President Reagan didn’t really trust the Russians — yet, he did give them fair warning.
Since perfect love casts out fear, what would our world be like IF we replaced the but with and? In other words, is it possible to prove all things with efforts to, both, Trust and Verify?
Think again about your favorite hero identified above.
They were strong of belief and quick to change, when proven wrong.
Rest of the Story
Prove All Things (PAT) is simply the catalyst for the rewards to follow. Think of something you have proven to be true. Maybe, it is the Law of Gravity, which is hard to understand. Yet, it is immutable — same thing, every time.
The things we have proven give comfort, assurance, and security to our every thought and action. Once they are proven, our minds can be at peace with that topic — and we can focus our energy on proving something else.
We begin our life Journey with “Prove All Things” and, then, enjoy the empowering effect of “Hold Fast That Which Is Good.” How much goodness can YOU accept? Well, that’s only limited by how many things you can prove!