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You can’t know it all

“It’s high time you were shown

that you don’t really know

all there is to be known.”

~Dr. Seuss

Like most four-year-olds, our young grandson is an expert on a wide range of topics. Whenever we think we’re sharing something new with him, his typical response is, “I already knew that.” It cracks me up every time.

I’m also very familiar with the adult know-it-all. You know the type: When you try to share fresh information or introduce an interesting topic, the know-it-all has already been there, seen it, or done that. You can’t possibly show or tell them anything new. And they’re always on the lookout for opportunities to inform or correct you.

Unless you’re a four-year old, know-it-all behavior isn’t amusing or adorable. Paradoxically, it’s often a sign of insecurity.

But here’s some good news for the day: You won’t look silly or uncool if you admit you don’t know something. In fact, when you realize that you can’t possibly know everything, you open yourself to countless opportunities to learn and grow. You might even discover something wonderful and new. ~CL

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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