I love David McCullough’s writing. His curiosity glues him to one thing like President Truman, or 1776, or the Johnstown Flood, or the Brooklyn Bridge. Then he wrestles it to death for years to understand and make it clear and interesting to himself so that it will be interesting to us.
He connects the dots of the past with the dots of you and your present. But first he has to see the dots.
Seeing is so important . . . Insight comes, more often than not, from looking at what’s been on the table all along, in front of everybody, rather than from discovering something new.
The chances of finding a new piece are fairly remote . . . it’s more likely you see something that’s been around a long time that others haven’t seen. Sometimes it derives from your own nature, your own interests.
More often, it’s just that nobody bothered to look closely enough.
— author David McCullough
Recently I noticed that my 4Runner displays the outside temperature on the dashboard. Cool!
Except I’ve owned the car ten years. Never noticed. Never bothered to look closely enough. What else am I missing that’s right in front of me?
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