Grandma Smith had flour up to her elbows as she prepared to fry the Southern  chicken for the Youth Camp in the Colorado Rockies.  Startled, she heard the sound of the dinner bell striking the call for lunch time.  “That just doesn’t ring true,” she said “the boys must be goofing off again.”

Rita sat in the circle at Senior Center.  She and the other bell players were preparing to practice “Here Comes Santa Clause” for the Christmas program.  She was a “C” so she had the beginning note.  Ready?  She struck her bell to begin.  Julia was next, but she didn’t follow up.  “Rita, you have the wrong bell,” she said.  “That doesn’t ring true.” 

Larry and his wife discuss the doctor’s diagnosis as they left the medical center.  “The whole thing just does not ring true with me,” Larry said, “Let’s get a second opinion.”

Perhaps you have said the same thing.  The chatter bugs have just been telling how they should drop Patsy from the clique because she is going to cause them to have a bad reputation.  You don’t believe what they say, so you say “That just doesn’t ring true.” 

The facts prove otherwise as Grandma Smith knew.  It was not lunchtime yet.

The sound does not produce the proper note.  It did not ring true.

The statement just doesn’t fit your “gut” feeling.  It does not ring true.

Sometimes a false reality can be passed off as truth.  One’s belief and culture cannot be built on what “rings true” – what seems the humanitarian way but will lead one into bondage.


Written for Stream of Consciousness Saturday, challenge by Linda G. Hill. Just write any length, little editing. Prompt is to use the words “ring true.”

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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2 Responses to DOES IT RING TRUE?

  1. Oneta, I do in fact have “gut feelings,” but I know my gut can be wrong. When I hear the line from the popular song declaring, “It can’t be wrong, when it feels so right!” I retort, “Oh yes it can!” (I don’t usually snap back at my radio, but this is one of those times I do.) The world runs on feelings, but we have the Word of God and the Spirit of God to help us discern, and that gives us a huge advantage when it comes to what rings true and what doesn’t. 😉

  2. oneta hayes says:

    One of the gifts of the Spirit is discernment. That is a ministry to be highly valued; however, the Christian who feels that he works in that gift, still has to be sure it aligns with the Holy Scriptures. It is my belief that the Holy Spirit with “nudge” the man or woman who could stop many atrocities if they would act boldly to do so. I thought about discussing that issue in my post, but I did not because of it being a “challenge” topic by a fellow blogger. I try to avoid anything too controversial in challenges. My ending is intended to cover such things as legalizing marijuana because it can be a medical help which sounds like a humanitarian thing to do, but legal or illegal it can lead to drug addiction. Thanks for giving me a reason to expound more thoroughly on this subject.

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