One-Liner Wednesday — Finding Yourself


I was watching Monday night’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and his first guest was Matthew McConaughey. At one point during Stephen’s interview of McConaughey, the actor said:

“I found myself right where I left me.”

I immediately wrote that down and decided to use that brief statement for my One-Liner Wednesday post this week.

What McConaughey said resonated with me. I think it reflects something we all do at some point — and possibly at multiple points — in our lives. And that is to embark on a journey of personal discovery. We are seeking to find out who we are, who we want to be, and who we can be. We are looking for ourselves.

I’ve taken that journey a few times and I’ve found that it always ends up to be a round trip. That’s not to say there’s no growth during the journey, no evolution of self. There is.

And yet, upon returning from my odyssey of self-discovery, I find that I am still me. Maybe I’m a little more enlightened, more experienced, and certainly a little older. I may have a few more bumps and bruises and be a little worse for wear. At the same time, though, I feel refreshed and invigorated.

But at journey’s end, I mostly find myself right where I left me.

This is my post for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

The Windmills of My Mind


I was sitting in the tall grass not far from the old windmill, watching the large, louvered sails moving in a slow circle around the windmill’s tower. It was almost mesmerizing. Then my eyes moved to the clouds overhead, traveling slowly in their journey from west to east, changing shapes as they moved across the sky.

And I wondered if it was the blades of the windmill that caused the breeze that propelled the clouds in the sky or if it was the breeze that propelled the sails of the windmill to unceasingly rotate.

I must have fallen asleep before my tired mind could conjure up an answer.

Written for Sue Vincent‘s #writephoto prompt. Photo credit: Sue Vincent. I think.

One-Liner Wednesday — Self Reflection

Robert Burns

“O wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!”

The great Scottish poet, Robert Burns, made this astute observation in his poem, To a Louse.

Now I’m not a big fan of poetry, but back in high school English lit class, we did have to study some of the world’s great poets, including the aforementioned Robert Burns. Of all of his poems we read, one poem, and one particular line in that poem — the one I’ve quoted at the top of this post — stood out to me.

For a more contemporary interpretation of the quoted text, it essentially means, “It would be great if we could somehow have the gift of being able to see ourselves the way other people see us.”

We really can’t see ourselves as others see us, can we? We see ourselves through our own perspectives, our own perceptions, and our own reality. Few of us can understand how we really come across to those around us or to the world.

Wouldn’t it be nice if, even for just an hour or a day, we could know how others view us? I think that seeing ourselves as others see us would be a gift, but perhaps it would actually be a burden. No doubt, though, it would be illuminating.

Maybe you wouldn’t like what you see.

Maybe such a “gift” would cause you to only say and do things that would please others.

Maybe it’s better to stay true to yourself and behave in a way that is natural to you, as an individual, regardless of how you are viewed by others.

In the end, I suppose there’s nothing wrong with a little self-reflection.

This post is for today’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

One-Liner Wednesday — Questions and Answers


“I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned.”

Richard Feynman, American theoretical physicist

This post was written for today’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

One-Liner Wednesday — Don’t Shoot the Messenger


“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.”

If you haven’t read George Orwell’s book, 1984, in a long, long time — or if you’ve never read it — now is the time to do so. It’s particularly relevant these days when alternative facts (aka, lies) are being presented as valid options for actual facts (aka, the truth) and when real news is called fake and fake news is called real.

When the message offers you the truth, don’t shoot the messenger.

This post is part of the One-Liner Wedesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

Facts Versus Opinions

Daniel Patrick Moynihan

In my last post I wrote about the difference between facts and truth. But a topic even more highly frustrating for me is what appears to be a lack of understanding of the differences between facts and opinions.

We seem, these days, to live in a culture where everyone thinks that the words “I’m entitled to my opinion” implies that all opinions are equal and that ignorance is just as good as knowledge.

“I’m entitled to my opinion” is something people will say when they’ve hit a wall in their argument. It is a last ditch effort to justify their point of view by defending their right to hold an opinion no matter how ill-founded, uninformed, and yes, even stupid, it might be. In their minds, they create a false equivalency between fact and opinion.

A fact is something that has actually happened or that is empirically true and can be supported by evidence. An opinion is a belief. It is normally subjective, meaning that it can vary based on a person’s perspective, emotions, or individual understanding of something.

Facts can change over time. What is a fact today may, through more study and new evidence, be updated or revised. Knowledge is growing at an impressively rapid pace, and because knowledge is not finite, scientific facts can be refined as more knowledge is acquired.

As one’s knowledge or understanding grows through learning, opinions may change, may evolve, as well. That’s as it should be.

So yes, you are entitled to your opinion, but you must never, without foundation, equate an opinion with a fact or assume that an opinion is truth. If your opinion about something or someone is well-researched and is based upon conclusive, observable evidence, it may have merit. If not, your opinion is probably just wrong. Express it at the risk of sounding ignorant.

Well, that’s my opinion, anyway.