A Concept About Happiness…

Quotes and notes #354, October 25

"I wonder what would happen if?"...Photo by Bill Land

“I wonder what would happen if?”…Photo by Bill Land

“Awareness of universals is called conceiving, and a universal of which we are aware is called a concept.”—Bertrand Russell—

Every once in a while we “catch a concept.” Someone or something will show us a being, an idea, or an entity that we have never seen or thought of before. When we catch a concept, I like to think of it as a ball-shaped box that we can open and look inside of. And, guess what’s inside…


Questions that we have never thought to ask before. More “what ifs” and more “what would happen if…” questions to ask of ourselves and the universe. The more we ask and answer the questions, the stronger the concept becomes. The stronger the concept becomes, the more it stands a chance of changing our lives and realizations.

Two concepts that I love to explore are happiness and optimism. They are interlaced. Happiness tells me that optimism is a pleasant way of thinking. Optimism tells us that everything is going to be all right. Examining and practicing these concepts helps them to become more familiar and pervasive in our lives.

Sharing a smile every day is a part of the happiness concept.
Realizing that you are the only you in the world is an important concept
Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Do You Get The Concept?

Quotes and Notes #276, August 7

Conceptual steps lead through a beautiful garden

Conceptual steps lead through a beautiful garden

“Man, unlike anything organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts and emerges ahead of his accomplishments.”—John Steinbeck—

A wise teacher once told me, “It’s not the teaching that counts, it’s the act of giving the student a new concept.” I have remembered and studied that statement over a number of years. A concept, I have found, is a tight group of questions that, when found, may be answered one by one.

These articles, for instance, are a concept that started with my favorite question, “I wonder what would happen if…” which led me into the discovery of new elements of positivism.

Which leads to, “What happens when I practice optimism?” And the answer is—when you ascend the staircase to higher and higher levels of optimism, your life becomes brighter, happier, and more worthwhile.

And, be sure to share a smile the whole way up.
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

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