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Right now, this much I know is true – Part II

Posted in About Us, Life & Love, Relationships, and Uncategorized

Venice biennaleWhen sofagirl suggested we compile our own lists of truths we have learnt over the years, I was a bit stumped. Of course I knew I had learnt many lessons, mostly the hard way, but I found I had a difficult time distilling what I thought was of essence.

In the end, the list was longer than just ten items and I realized that some of them were closely linked to my character and to difficulties, big and small, I had to overcome – in short, what I know is true is also the core of who I have become. It’s been an interesting journey, full of peaks and valleys, and I am hoping for a lot more peaks to come.

  1. When angry, pause between 30 seconds and a week before speaking. Perspectives shift and change quicker than we think
  2. Learn to let go: of situations, objects and, above all, relationships that don’t serve who you are any longer
  3. Love with abandon, passion and generosity but never lose sight of who you are
  4. Jobs, partners, children or money don’t make us whole – integrity and belief in ourselves do
  5. Invest in good shoes: not only will they add to your allure but they will also save you from a myriad of foot problems down the line
  6. It’s ok to delegate sometimes. Trying to always be in control gets tiring and leaves no room for surprises
  7. A true girlfriend will save your life many times over – water that plant often and lovingly
  8. Speak up, even when inconvenient or scary. You will always feel at peace with yourself afterwards
  9. If your gut tells you something, it’s usually wise to listen
  10. Curiosity is the single best way to greet each day

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  1. How are you doing with the “learning to let go” truth? I didn’t think Italians knew how to do that! I don’t know any who do! lol! Maybe you’re an exception. I’ve gotten mixed results with “speaking up.” I’m not as keen on it as you. Definitely listen to your gut. It is very wise.

    March 14, 2013
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    • Well, I do fine with letting go of objects. Apart from a few that have personal meaning, I don’t hold on to things (as a matter of fact, I hate junk so much that I err on the opposite side of the spectrum). As to letting go of relationships, I had to learn the hard way but I have gotten a lot better at freeing myself of what doesn’t work. But it’s true, I can be attached to my past, like most Italians. Let’s just say, I am still in touch with all the meaningful men in my life. I also had to learn to speak up – it did not come natural to me. sofagirl was my first teacher in that department! Now it’s more a case of holding my trap shut…

      March 14, 2013
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      • I can’t even let go of objects! I thought we were just talking about feelings. My mistake. I am also better at letting go of relationships and I learned the hard way too. For me, speaking up or asserting yourself doesn’t seem to be worth the effort sometimes. It depends on the situation. If it has to do with finances, I’ll get it taken care of. If it has to do with people at work (in my past) .. I’ve worked with boobs and it didn’t seem to matter what industry I was in. I never understood why different departments competed with each other rather than worked along side each other when, after all, we were all working for the same company! The last company I worked for really took the cake! Meetings were more like mafia meetings. My work ethics fit better when I worked in NYC. When I worked in Indpls, it was very cliquish and speaking up could get you squashed. This is a topic for which I could speak volumes but instead I’ll just bite my tongue.I’m glad I don’t have to deal with it anymore.

        March 15, 2013
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  2. silvia
    silvia

    Couldn’t agree more especially n. 7 and n. 9.

    March 14, 2013
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    • silvia
      silvia

      PS
      Did I recently tell you how much I love you?

      March 14, 2013
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      • Yes, every day, in a million different ways. And you know it’s reciprocated every day, in a million different ways

        March 14, 2013
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  3. If I had been asked to compile this list it would read almost exactly like yours. No’s 1,2,6,8,and 9 being my top five.

    March 14, 2013
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    • I love how all of you had your favourites and spelled them out with numbers. I had to go back an re-read them!

      March 14, 2013
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