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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Like the Wildflowers, Grow Where You Will…

Quotes and Notes #201, May 29

“Men do change, and change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass.”—John Steinbeck

“Like wildflowers you must allow yourself to grow in all the places people never thought you would.”—unknown—

For the past 35 years or so, I have had the privilege of helping with the gardening of a house on a mountain. The drive up to the house is a wonderful meandering through a halfway-tamed wooded area.

I noticed a wildflower many years ago that showed up around the end of May and which I came to love and identify with. The flower grows through the rocks and undergrowth, never complaining, never needing any sort of care. I have seen it tolerate drought and flood, heat and cold, and the presence of hungry deer and turkeys. Yesterday I stopped to take a picture of the flower. It is attached to this article. The flower is a lot like me.

Share a smile
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz–“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

My wildflower is back

My wildflower is back

The Trip Takes Us

Quotes and Notes #187, May 11

“A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.”—John Steinbeck—

In traveling, as in life, it is best to be flexible and to accept the changes that inadvertently happen with our plans. The ability to accept changes instead of fighting them helps the journey to be more pleasant and easy.

To pay attention to the sights and happenings along the way brings learning which in turn leads to comfort.

Share a smile
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz–“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Find comfort in discovery.

Find comfort in discovery.

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