One of my favorite scenes from a movie is this one from “The Iron Lady.”

In it, she recounts thoughts, words, actions, habits, character, and destiny, and how they seem to build upon each other in this linear succession, subversively revealing the power of a thought, but more so the power of a thought’s potential to become something we can actually see, touch, and feel.

And I thought of this scene yesterday when running up the Embarcadero.  There are these little plaques that have poetry on them, placed sequentially in phrases, so that someone walking can read the poetry phrase by phrase.

“Once this was,” the first plaque said.

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I kept running.

“All black plasma,” it continued.

“And,” the third plaque teased.


It’s funny to think about, but everything we see before us, even the people that surround us, were once thoughts.  The people and things that fill our world could not have materialized if not for human action, which takes root in the thoughts and words that permeate our brains.

It makes you rethink the power of a thought, and it makes me want to inspire that in my kids so much more.

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  1. Paul,

    I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoy your blog. I think it is unique, refreshing, and really conveys how passionate you are.

    Best wishes from Chile,

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