Stay Centered in The Garden

October 23, 2021

Reflections, Day 15,

Tom Schulz

I have long considered perspective to be the art of stance. The view can change dramatically as your position shifts.—Tom Schulz

“Perspective as the art of stance.”

I would never have thought of “Stance” as an art form. Of course, it makes sense. But point-of-view and perspective can be multi-faceted, moving from the visual through the literary, past the musical, and into the philosophical. I have a story that makes it clear.

I was working for a lady who was rather particular about things. She appreciated art in her own personal way that I never quite understood.

I was the “garden guy” and she was intent on placing a heavy wrought-iron bench so that it was triangulated with two ornamental trees. That was easy. I measured between the trees, found the center, and measured a perpendicular line out to where the bench would sit. It made a perfect equilateral triangle from the tree trunks to the center of the bench.

That bench was not one of the aluminum reproductions, either. It was a very original wrought-iron. My helper friend and I carefully and laboriously positioned the bench perfectly. I went to get the lady for her approval.

She came out and looked at it. She said, “That’s not right. Move it a foot to the right.”

“Are you sure?” I asked. She nodded an affirmative.

I moved the bench to the right and looked at her inquisitively.

“Yes,” she said. “That’s exactly right.”

I stood in the middle of the sidewalk and said, “come over here and look.”

She moved to that position. “No, that’s not what I want. I want it in the center between the two trees. Can’t you understand?”

We moved the bench back to where I had put it to start with.

“Now it’s in the right place. That’s how I want it to be. I want it to be in the center no matter where I’m standing.”

I don’t remember how that story ended but I’m sure it had something to do with me looking at the ground and quietly shaking my head.

—john schulz

Power to the patient.

Photo by Tommy Cobb

Published by John P.Schulz

I lost my vocal cords a while back due to throat cancer. The laryngectomy sent me on a quest to find and learn to use my new, altered voice. I am able to talk now with a really small and neat new prosthesis. My writing reflects what I have learned in my search for a voice. My site publishes a daily motivational quote and a personal comment. I write an article a week for my blog, which deals with a lot of the things that I do in the garden. I am also the author of Requiem for a Redneck and the new Redemption for a Redneck--novels portraying the lives and doings of folks around the north Georgia hills. I have an English Education degree from the University of Georgia and very happily married to the lovely Dekie Hicks. You may enjoy my daily Quotes and Notes at

4 thoughts on “Stay Centered in The Garden

  1. Hi John, I enjoyed this post SO MUCH that I’ve read it through several times and also shared it with a friend in another country, We are both hoping and sincerely wondering if you could perhaps post a photo of the wrought iron bench positioned between the two trees, so readers can see it for ourselves. Please do! Thank you in advance, and have a blessed week!

    1. Thanks for your comments and support, Sandi. The story happened quite a while ago and I think that perhaps the picture in your imagination will have to suffice. Also, I don’t want to go any closer to revealing any identities.

      1. I appreciate your prompt reply, John, and understand, too. Looking forward to your next blog post! Keep on keeping on.

      2. Thanks, Layton. I’ve been writing short pieces for the past year or so and several people asked me to post them on a broader platform. That’s what I have started doing and it pleases me that you like them.

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