Charles Clanton Rogers

Reflections based on poetry, music, visual art, book reviews, history of science, first-person history, philosophical essays and International Blogging

Image by Myphuong Nguyen   courtesy of the Artist

“Brick walls are in your path to keep others with less motivation out from the prize” (2)

Your playing field may require for you to make repeated changes in your strategy.  The magnitude of your challenge need not dissuade or defeat you when you adequately assess the problem.

For example, at any moment, at any barrier along its course, the shape and depth of the Mississippi River is determined by the unyielding channel along its tortuous pathway to its mouth.  The force of the river water wins because it adapts its shape to the resistance of the channel. The river wins its prize of reaching the Gulf by adapting to the size and shape of the obstacles along its journey.

 Challenges may require changes and adaptations in one’s course, but one’s strength and tenacity determines the victory. (3)

Churchill: “…never give in, never give in, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense,”(4)

Thank you for “Flying Zebra”!   If you liked this, consider hitting my reblog button or Share on FB.

Charles Clanton Rogers – Revised September 11, 2015

1. Myphuong Nguyen,

2. The Last Lecture. Randy Pausch, Professor, Carnegie Mellon

3. Sun Tzu, Chapter 46: The Art of War, 6th Century BC

4. The Complete speeches of Winston S. Churchill, NY: Bowker and London       Chelsea House 1974


September 5, 2015

3 thoughts on “Carpe Diem

  1. Janice Wald says:

    You said you were a photographer in a past life (this life), so I came back to check out your photos. Last time I was busy reading about Christopher Columbus, whom (who?) you know I teach. Now that I’ve checked out your photos, all I can say is WOW!
    You are definitely a photographer, an amazing photographer, and you wrote you are going to use MY tips in your photos? Wow! I am inspiring YOU? Your zebra, and other photos here inspire me, as I wrote on your Columbus post. So, it’s a deal, we will inspire each other =) Nice meeting you today.

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      Thanks. I didn’t take those pictures. My father was a photographer and some of his principles gave me some eye. The lady who created the photos: Zebra, The Carpe Dieum and The Why You Should Write is: My Phuong Nguyuen (“Orchid”). She is a mutual friend of Josh Taylor, Jr. a very old friend of mine who teaches photography ar The Smithsonian. They are both Facebook friends. You can probably find their Facebook pages. Now you are one of my friends. “Be well and prosper.” c

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