Ten Points to Ponder (and Ten Things I Love) About Einstein

by Debbie L. Kasman in ,


Einstein didn’t wear socks.  When he was young, he found out that the big toe always ended up making a hole in the sock.  He was keenly aware that we are easily conditioned by what others do and say and he refused to let that happen.  When he learned that his big toe always made a hole in his socks, he stopped wearing them.     

Einstein used intuition to help him discover new things.  He often felt he was right before he knew he was right.  When he had a feeling about something, he listened to the feeling.  Then he went looking for evidence to prove the feeling.

Einstein had a thinking chair.  He spent time sitting in it when he needed to solve a problem. 

Einstein rarely thought in words.  He understood the power of imagination so he would daydream and use his imagination when he needed to solve a problem.  When a thought or idea floated in, he’d feel it or see it and then try to express it in words afterward. 

Einstein did not believe he possessed any special talents.  He said he was only passionately curious.  He believed we are all born into a great Mystery and he said we should  stand like curious children before it.

Einstein was often so engrossed in his work that he forgot to eat lunch.  He didn’t notice time passing because he was connected to his deepest passion and creative source.  Einstein believed the development of our creative powers is a person’s most valuable asset in life

Einstein was convinced that a force or a spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe, a spirit that is vastly superior to us humans and that is beyond anything we can comprehend.  He said that when we try and penetrate the secrets of nature with our limited means, we find something subtle, intangible, and inexplicable. 

Einstein knew that death is not an end.  He believed we live on in our children and in the younger generation.  He said that our children are us, and that our bodies are like “wilted leaves on the tree of life.”  He understood that our existence on earth is fleeting.  He described our existence like a brief visit in a strange house. 

Einstein knew that a human being is part of a whole but as humans, we experience ourselves, our thoughts and our feelings as something separate from the rest.  He called this separation an “optical delusion.”  He said we aren’t really separate at all.    

Einstein believed that when a whole group of individuals becomes a “we,” they collectively reach as high as human beings can reach.  He believed that a sense of responsibility toward others is more important than power, success, fame and honour.  He saw service to the community as one of life’s highest achievements.  He knew that the fate of the human race depends upon the moral strength of human beings and he believed it’s our sacred human responsibility to be the best we can be.   

Are you being the best you can be? 

Debbie L. Kasman

Author Lotus of the Heart:  Reshaping the Human and Collective Sou