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There Is No Single Version of the Truth

In the week since Adam Lanza killed 20 innocent young children and six heroic adults in the town of Newport, Connecticut, many people have proclaimed to know why it happened, or at least who or what to blame.LifeIsHOTBlog, Brad W. Smith photographer, No Single Version of the Truth, meauring device

There are many degrees of truth, but no absolute truths, only absolute beliefs.

Informed only by the limited details reported ad nauseum by media, they’ve reached a conclusion.

Well, I’ve got news for them. For the most part, they’re wrong. They’re wrong because they point to one single answer as though it were the absolute truth. There is no single version of the truth. No One Right Answer. Not for Sandy Hook, not for the fiscal cliff, not for your business, not for a better relationship with your teenager. Truth is a compound substance composed of many beliefs. There is no pure element in the periodic table of life called Truth. Continue reading

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Is it Time to Open a New Book in Your Life?

Have you noticed how no one asks us to open our hearts and minds to unpleasantness? No one says, go on, embrace the pain of divorce, the grief of  death. Revel in the identity uncertainty and financial

Open a new book in your life, Brad W Smith photographer, LIfeIsHOTBlog, Blank book open on table

insecurity of job loss. No one asks us to speak of how, barring a miracle, a person’s life is ending within weeks. We don’t talk in polite company about the poor decisions that lead to a company closure, the immoral ones that lead to an economic recession, or the dishonest ones that jeopardize our future.

When it comes to bad news, we find ourselves tongue-tied. When forced to speak, we turn to platitudes.

Life doesn’t have to be this way. Continue reading

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Honest as Abe Lincoln

I don’t know about you, but when I have to deal with someone who is being intentionally dishonest, it generally makes me angry. My reaction is anger, but what I am feeling is hurt and betrayed. What have I

Honest as Abe Lincoln, Brad W. Smith photographer, cropped upshot of Lincoln Memorial

Abraham Lincoln earned the moniker “Honest Abe” through a lifetime of honest actions and words.

done to deserve this dishonesty? Not a single thing. I’d rather be slapped with the truth than kissed with a lie.

Abraham Lincoln gave sage advice when he said: “…resolve to be honest at all events…” 

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