IMG_1791Contradictions – There are quite a few ideas and perspectives which I embrace and believe. I have also seen others post ideas and perspectives that are the opposite of what I have posted and discussed, and in fact contradict what I have said. And you know what? I find that I also agree with what the other person has posted as well. The other person also makes really good points, and what they say is also true.

It may seem absurd, but I do believe that contradictions and paradoxes can co-exist and both be true.  Take, for example, the following contradictions.

file6211263315967[1]You create your world and your life.
You have no control over what happens, only your reaction to it.

You can be or do anything.
Know your limitations.

What you think, you become.
You are not your thoughts.

You are exactly where you are supposed to be.
If you don’t like where you are, change it, you are not stuck anywhere, except by your own beliefs.

The highest life is service to others.
Take care of and love yourself first in order to be there for anyone else.

IMG_1192The world is a reflection of what is inside you.
Sometimes things that are in the outside world have nothing to do with you.

What you don’t like in others is because that is something you don’t like in yourself.
Sometimes what we don’t like is an honest assessment of our values, integrity, growth, and perspective.

Everything is a reflection of something in me, I can learn from everything.
Don’t take anything personal, almost nothing is about you.

Plešivica_045[1]Accept and love your body the way it is.
Eat healthy, exercise, lose weight.

Be kind to others and don’t hurt anyone; being kind is better than being right.
Always be honest and truthful, even if it hurts.

Life is simple.
Life is complex, extraordinary, and miraculous.

The only reality that exists and the only thing we have is here and now.
Life is all time and all space.

SONY DSCYou are everything; you are the universe.
You are nothing; you are smaller than a speck of dust.

You are merely a drop in the ocean.
You are the ocean in a drop.

In order to heal, you must face and work through your fears and dark places.
Don’t dwell on the negative, put energy towards and focus on the positive.

All of these can co-exist, and each of them has its place. Are they contradictions? Yes, absolutely – and that’s okay. None of these by itself is the whole truth; however, there is truth in each one of them. They are each from a different perspective, view, context, and place in life. In certain circumstances, each may apply and be true. Just like the proverbial three blind men feeling and describing different parts of an elephant, each is true, but each is not the whole truth.

file3581272664101[1]And just like there are times when we need honest feedback and direction, there are also times we simply need to be heard and understood.

There are times in our lives when we need to hear one side of these, and there are times when we need the other. Some of it is checks and balances, bringing balance to our lives. At different times and in different contexts, what we need to hear and what is valuable, authentic, and true for us, can change and can be a contradiction.  All of it has its place.

So if our circumstances and perspective keep changing, how can our philosophy and view of life not change as well? Therefore, I don’t think any one philosophy has the entire truth for all time and for all people – unless it’s a philosophy that incorporates change, variation, and contradictions, and the philosophy itself keeps shifting.

file7181279875225[1]So how do we handle this?  What you can do is always honor your own truth, for however it manifests, in whatever way it touches you inside as being true, meaningful, and valuable – and allow that to change in different circumstances, situations, and over time.

Life, as well as ourselves, keeps changing. Allow the shifts, the changes, and the contradictions.  Let it all simply be, all sides of it, contradictions and all, and take to heart whatever feels right to you at the time.

May you always find life interesting and rewarding, including all the contradictions.

Copyright © 2014 Lynn Miclea. All Rights Reserved.


About Lynn Miclea

LYNN MICLEA grew up in New York and moved to California while in her twenties. A certified hypnotherapist, Reiki Master practitioner, and EFT (tapping) practitioner, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, she spent many years working in the medical field and in various offices in an administrative capacity. She is also an accomplished musician and plays the piano at various senior facilities, where her music touches those who need it the most. After retiring in 2013, Lynn discovered a passion for writing, and she has become a successful author with ten books published. Two of her books are powerful memoirs, and eight are uplifting and fun children’s animal stories about kindness, believing in yourself, seeing the best in those around you, and helping others. Lynn believes that the best thing we can do in this world is to help each other. She hopes that through her writing, she can help encourage people to show more kindness and compassion to everyone around them. She asks everyone to be kind to each other as we all share this journey through life together. Lynn currently lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and two dogs. For more information - please check out her website at - thank you!
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4 Responses to Contradictions

  1. Sammy D. says:

    Great post! Interesting take on these paradoxical statements, and lots to think about.

  2. You’ve got me thinking that ying and yang are contradictions as are muscular movements. Yep, nothing wrong with that. You’re giving my mind exercise it hasn’t done in a while. 🙂
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