Don’t fight forces, use them. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller

I knew very little about Buckminster Fuller, until I began to come across his quotes.  I love me some quotes, as you might have noticed by now.

What an interesting dude he turned out to be.  He was a systems theorist, (whatever the heck that is) an architect, engineer, author, designer, inventor and futurist, according to Wikipedia.

After the tragedy of losing his daughter, he turned to drink, until he finally chose to embark on “an experiment, to find what a single individual could contribute to changing the world and benefiting all humanity.”  Got to love that.  Now that’s a cool desire.

Talking of cool desires, I thought it would be fun to hear what he had to say about life, via my interpretation of course!

1. Stop pushing against what already is.

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete

Giving any sort of attention to our current life situation is just fueling the fire.  Good thing if it’s something wonderful we want to perpetuate, not so much for the rest.  And if we’re focusing on the imperfection of our life, or the obstacles in our way, we’re making matters worse, much worse.

So it’s time to use what we know about the laws of our life and set up a new paradigm from which we’re going to be thinking.  And are we going to do this overnight?  Not impossible I suppose, but doubtful.  Just going for another brick in the wall, one new thought and feeling at a time should do it.

2.  Nothing is impossible to consciousness.  You can imagine far beyond any past experiences.  The only question is how far are you willing to go?

 If success or failure of this planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do…how would I be? What would I do? 

You are limitless beings and have nothing to do, but convince yourself of the truth of what you want to be, what you want to do.  Whatever your mind can imagine, can be yours.  A great way to do this is through sleep.  Sleep is a wonderful gateway into our subconscious and, as we know, whatever instructions we give our subconscious through our feelings, it instantly goes to work to bring them into our physical reality.

Fall asleep in the feeling of knowing that you have within you a divine power, a piece of the loving creative source of all, which allows you to accomplish anything your heart desires.

This is sooo much better than falling asleep in the feeling of being discouraged or unhappy ~ just imagine the instructions you’re giving your subconscious then.

3. Whatever our ideal of who we are, it could never flow from us unless it was an inherent part of our nature.

Never forget that you are one of a kind. Never forget that if there weren’t any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn’t be here in the first place. And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person.

We get so caught up in the trials and travails of our daily life, that it’s easy to forget that underneath all the dust and mud and challenges of our days, we are part of the very same consciousness that created the universe.  It’s time to make some declarations of just who you are:  try declaring out loud.

I am blessed with amazing creativity.
I am blessed at home, at work, at play.
I am blessed with confidence and a true sense of worthiness.
I am blessed by success and prosperity.
I am blessed by every positive thought and feeling I’m willing to entertain.
I am blessed by my willingness to step forward into the unknown, with a smile.
I am blessed in my family and friends and loved ones.
I am blessed each time I see everyone as happy and prosperous and loved.
I am blessed because I am me.

4. As within, so without.

Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.

Everything we see in our world is a theme, a theme constructed by us, a theme which has been rehearsed, directed and turned into the drama of our life.  We are the writers, the actors and the directors of our worldly play, all of which is created in the realm of our imagination; the invisible realm from which our very life flows.

We are all and always in the process of writing and re-writing the drama of our life and once we begin to see that not only is this true of us, it’s true of everyone, it allows for a more compassionate view of humanity.  We’re all merely acting out a play, admittedly one which we wrote through our thoughts and feelings, but the curtain will rise on our play, for good or ill and then we’re just actors on the stage of life.

The great news is that we can rehearse, rewrite, rejig any or all of it in the theatre of our mind.  We are all more than capable of writing the best script for our life that we’ve ever written so far.  After all we’ve been given this most marvellous gift of creative imagination…time to create something fabulous.

I’m off to write myself a lovely script for tomorrow.

Love to hear from you in the comments below. Please feel free to give me your script ideas…the more the merrier.

And thank you Buckminster Fuller for your wise words.

Encourage one another.

Love Elle


Elle Sommer is the author of 4 books and a workbook. Her latest publications are a series called The Power of Consciousness, and you will find all three books in this trilogy now available on Kindle. She shares quotes, inspiration and positive vibes on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. And her greatest desire is to encourage and inspire others to create not just a good life, but a phenomenal life.


  1. Great post Elle. I love your declarations. I’ll say it again, positive affirmations work. They will at a minimum lift your spirit while you make some positive adjustments in your life.

    Dan @ ZenPresence

    • Elle

      That’s a great point Dan, at the very least affirmations lift your spirit, and we’re changing our ‘feeling’ vibration to something better.

  2. Elle, Thanks. Great blog. I am in the midst of rewriting my script and feeling a bit schizophrenic…At 60 this is a challenge after years of doing what I should. Thanks for the encouragement

    • Elle

      Nancy, I applaud you for writing a new script and changing years of habit of doing what you ‘should’. That word is so debilitating to us all. Woohoo Nancy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hi Elle,

    I love your declarations! All are great, but this one spoke to me at this moment -“I am blessed by my willingness to step forward into the unknown, with a smile.” Letting go of fear, following my dreams and finding the fun in life is my new script! Take care.

    • Elle

      That one speaks to me too Cathy – I like the idea of fun in life too – we can get far too serious and we know how laughter is good for the soul, ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. charles bales

    it sounds like that fuller guy has all the right thoughts

    • Elle

      Welcome to the conversation Charles and methinks you are right. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Joseph Appaloosa

    Another excellent article, Elle.
    In my opinion, your observation that not only are we writing our scripts but that we can re-write our scripts is spot on. WE, no one else, have the power (the possibility) to change our life experiences. And affirmations are a primary tool in doing so. Thank you to Mr. Fuller and yourself.
    Write on, Elle !

    • Elle

      Nice to hear from you again Joseph…and I thank you for your kind words. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Funny that you use the term about writing our scripts. My daughter is engaged in a struggle with someone else right now. She feels frustrated that no matter what she says, the other person keeps interpreting things a certain way. I finally told her that she was simply playing her assigned role in his script. She could do nothing to change that because he was controlling his own story. Of course, he would not see it that way.

    When I realized that I was writing my own story, it was liberating and scary at the same time–all that freedom coupled with all that accountability!

    Loved learning more about Fuller. Back in my back to the land days, his geodesic domes were very popular!

    • Elle

      Nice to see you again Galen, wow do I know what you mean about freedom AND accountability. Isn’t it freeing though to know that we’re all writing the script of our life and everyone comes along to play the part we’ve assigned them? And then, if it’s not quite what we wanted, we just go back to the drawing board and write a new script. No-one comes to us less we draw them is the maxim…although there might be times when I look at someone I’ve drawn into my world and think…WHAT the heck is this! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Very interesting guy. Like you, I didn’t know much about Buckminster Fuller. I feel as if he is somebody I should know though since he has had so many accomplishments throughout his life.

    From what I can tell, your interpretations seem pretty good. Out of all the quotes, I think I like the second one the most. There’s something about quotes about nothing being impossible that seem so life-affirming.

    • Elle

      Helloe Steve, I think you’re exactly right and I love the way you put it, nothing being impossible is so life affirming. Yay to that. ๐Ÿ™‚

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