Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Socrates of the 1980s

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. ~ Socrates

For months, my screensaver featured a photo of a rose hovering between bud and bloom. The accompanying quote, attributed to Socrates, tells “the secret of change.”

Recently, writing on the topic of change, I decided to look up the quote; you know, a little backstory can be so good for inspiration. I found the speaker was Socrates, all right - not the Greek philosopher, but a fictional character named for the famous sage. The character appeared in a book that was published in 1980.

Lesson learned? I guess sometimes the “change” that’s hard to accept isn’t a change at all, but a correction of a perception – or misconception. Ouch.

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My new book, Dumb Things We Say to Dogs, is a collection of essays inspired by some of the changes that life lays on us.

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