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Accepting different truths


The most curious person I’ve ever met is me. As I get older, I get “curiouser and curiouser.” Thank goodness there is an electronic Web where there are answers to all the questions I can ever come up with.

Sometimes other people’s answers to questions aren’t true for me but they sure help me decide what I think. What I think is that almost nobody has the same truths.

It’s amazing that we can have different truths and still like each other. I’m curious about what makes us like each other even when we don’t think alike.

I am noticing that when we talk and don’t think alike we come up with ideas we’ve never had before. I love new ideas and really like it when we like each other.

I sure had a hard time learning things in school way back in the 1940s and ‘50s when I had to learn other people’s truth and try to make it my own. I couldn’t do it then and can’t do it now. What I can do now is learn my own truth, listen to other people’s truth and come up with new ideas together.

I’m learning that the world is a much better place for me now because it’s OK to learn my own truth and talk with people who don’t think alike.

I used to believe what people told me about myself, like when my savvy sister said, “Norma, you just don’t get it!” I knew she was right but knew it wasn’t true. I think it was both of us who didn’t “get it” and am still curious about what “it” was.

Here I am again, writing a Jottings for the Review. I said I’d never do it again after words were added and sentences deleted from my “Rapids” story. I’m over it now and forgive whoever it was who adjusted my truth. It’s OK because that’s what people do, especially when there is no opportunity to talk about their truth and come up with new ideas together.

Norma Heyser is a member of the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.