Just Scratching the Surface

There are but many ways to use the word ‘surface’ and my first thought was to write about my current dilemma with computers but then my mind wandered into other areas and since I love to read and contemplate what is meant by various quotes from other people – I decided to see what others may have said in the past as regards today’s word prompt “Surface.”

“You see a child play, and it is so close to seeing an artist paint, for in play a child says things without uttering a word. You can see how he solves his problems. You can also see what’s wrong. Young children, especially, have enormous creativity, and whatever’s in them rises to the surface in free play.”

Erik Erikson

Perhaps we need to leave our inner child out more when we sit down to write.

“Ants are the dominant insects of the world, and they’ve had great impact on habitats all over the land surface of the world for more than 50 million years.”

E.O. Wilson

It is the small things that count in this world today. We just have to open our eyes and look around us.

“In science there are no ‘depths’; there is surface everywhere.”

Rudolf Carnap

Instead of looking too deep within ourselves for answers when writing, we should just slightly scratch the surface and run with the first thought that pops into our head.

“Nobody can take those footsteps I made on the surface of the moon away from me.”

Eugene Cernan

Once we create our own story, blog, poem, or whatever, it is ours forever.

“Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience, a still, small voice says to us, something is out of tune.”

Carl Jung

It is this small voice that keeps us honest in our writings – we look forward to this small voice of reasoning to rear its head and shout when we may be heading in the wrong direction.

“Confession of errors is like a broom which sweeps away dirt and leaves the surface brighter and clearer. I feel stronger for confession.”

Mahatma Ghandi

Checking and rechecking our facts and such before hitting that “Publish” button is sort of our confession of errors. Only by being satisfied with what we have written will we feel comfortable publishing same for others to read.

“Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.”

Michael Caine

Last but not least and my favorite mainly because lately, this is me – all quiet and calm on the surface, but paddling like the dickens underneath!


About iglengel

Welcome to my blog: I retired in September of 1996 after twenty-five years as an Underwriting Manager (and one year with a smaller insurance company) and have written blog postings on the website Retirement-online.com prior to setting up this Word Press free site. Having retired almost twenty years ago I have experienced my own retirement transition. I survived and you will too. Oddly enough, now that I have more time, I am discovering various things about myself that I would not have imagined myself doing in retirement. Why does it take so long for, we as individuals, to stop and think about ME!? Join me as I share with you some of the shenanigans we have been up to since retiring. Retirement is and can be a whole lot of fun. Welcome to my site – remember – retirement is not the destination we are seeking – it is the journey! I encourage you to visit often, provide comments, ask questions and add your own insights. We are all on this journey together.
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2 Responses to Just Scratching the Surface

  1. Wonderful quotes and interpretations. 🙂

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