You know the one…the really important one?

I’ll back up a little….

The other day, I took my boys out for lunch. While we sat waiting for our food, I told them about a study I heard about on the news earlier that day. I told them the premise of the study, the findings and before I offered anything else, I asked, “What do you think about this?”

They quickly jumped in with their initial reactions, followed by their own way of making sense (or not being able to make sense of it) and then they asked me what I thought, so I told them.

This led us to a discussion where I offered my opinion that any study can be crafted in such a way that it can provide ‘proof’ of almost anything and we discussed how that can be done.

Then we got to the important part of the conversation, where we discussed that even if a ‘specialist’, a ‘scientist’, an ‘expert’, or even their (gasp) mother says/writes/publishes something, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is the truth.

We talked about how we all have that inner knowing and if something feels right or if it feels wrong to us…THAT is what we need to listen to the most. We talked about how things can be misleading or misinterpretted and the most important way of knowing is our own gut feeling. Sometimes that inner voice says, ‘this feels true to me’, sometimes it tells us something seems amiss…and often it says, “I think this is right (or wrong), but I need to find out more before I make my own conclusions.”

I told them that I believe their truth would always be found if they go within. No one, no study, no institution can ever tell us all the truth. It is something we all must find for ourselves.

I hope they will listen to that inner knowing, educate themselves when necessary or when interested and feel confident to go against the grain if they feel it is their path.

Of course, this is just all my own opinion…you’ll have to listen to your inner voice to know if it resonates with you or not.

Reexamine all that you have been told in school, or in church or in any book. Dismiss whatever insults your soul. – Walt Whitman