From The Storyteller
Hello All: Thoughts and action can bring about strange results. Enjoy, Doug
“Why aren’t there any traditional Halloween carols?” is a question posed by Robert Fulghum in his book All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten. It’s found in a list of his “why” questions, most of which I’d heard before but this was a new one, and it brought a smile to my face. Which naturally caused me to think about Friday night, high school football in Texas.
Picture the band playing the school fight song while the team breaks through a large paper curtain bearing a likeness of the team’s mascot. One person leads the charge carrying the school flag, and it all ends with a group hug at the team bench. Next comes the national anthem, a midfield handshake and a coin toss, all before the game can start. It’s “Tradition”!
The tradition described above did not exist when I was in high school. The handshake and coin toss did, but all the rest came as “plus ones”. Which brings me to my “Good idea, plus one” theory - a “good idea”. Without action nothing happens. Add action and tradition is possible! Keep adding “plus ones” and eventually you’ve got Friday night, Texas high school football.
Wedding traditions also help to highlight my “good idea, plus one” theory. Marriage (good idea) were church events (plus one). Then came the occasional outdoor setting (another plus one), and now destination locations are booked two years in advance (more plus ones).
These thoughts naturally caused me to consider a friend’s favorite pastime (gourmet cooking), which again helps to demonstrate my theory. His tradition is to take a good “cooking” idea, add numerous “plus ones”, and see what awesome culinary delight happens.
My “good idea” theory has its own “plus one” - because “good ideas” deserve a “plus one”.
Moral: Ideas and action create infinite possibilities.