As I wrote on different
aspects of my life, I realized that I could paraphrase or state a
"quote" of what I became to realize was the essence of what I had
experienced. It took a while to understand the process and make some meaningful
statements. Some were weird, then more direct, and finally, some
very insightful. After a while I thought of putting some of my sayings
thru Google to see if someone had said something close before.
It only took two quotes to
come up with a close enough match to realize we were saying essentially
the same thing:
"Everything has an art form below the surface
waiting to be discovered, enjoyed, and expressed." wn
“The aim of art is to
represent not the outward appearance of things,
but their inward significance.”
Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)
I saw in my writing my book about
my life that:
I did have a path and meaning that
was always with me
"An unexamined life is not worth living" - Socrates
470 – 399 BC
At first I thought that this was a little arrogant
but on further research I found that he was really
referring to looking inward. Socrates didn't write
his thoughts but his student "Plato" wrote
most of what is known about his teachings. Yet during
the editing of my book, I found so many ways to enrich
thought "How could this happen? Over two thousand
years and we both came up with a similar thought?
They had no internet, nor even a printing press.
There was so much change in technology but it seemed
that experiences of life hadn't changed". Of course,
I came up with an answer two years later, so simple that even great
minds could understand.
Then I found many more:
From my early environment
and my poor
hearing, I realized that I learned best from
experiences and only factual information from
teachers blabbing away that I couldn't hear.
seldom read about what I am going to do before I do it; that
only biases my experience, thwarts my creativity, and diminishes
"Lessons from my experiences for learning
about life are endless." wn
"Experience is the
teacher of life." Albert
I also learned my goals could change as I
learned new lessons from my new experiences.
goal I was working toward might change as I experienced life." wn
rereading my book I realized:
learned so much on the journey, things I never expected to learn, that I
looked forward to setting my next goal." wn
“Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal”
sayings from my father became the mainstay of my
I asked dad, “How does this work?”, he
“Take it apart, examine each parts
function, put it back together,
and then you tell me”.
I soon found it was a great way to learn. To
this day, I still don’t know if he didn’t know the answer or if he was
saying that so I would learn how to learn. This and his saying,
"Give a question honor by looking for
seamed to go together.
And one that I wished I had listened to;
"The hardest money you'll ever make is
that you marry into."