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16 June 2005 @ 03:25 pm
memories, etc etc.  
I've finally taken a few minutes and put all the J/V posts into my memories. They seem to be appearing in a chronological and comprehensible order, more or less.

Other link of the day: Commencement address by Steve Jobs -- "'You've got to find what you love,' Jobs says." There's some pretty good stuff in there. For example:
I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.
It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith.
And this, which is just...yeah:
When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything -- all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure -- these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

Thought of the day: Ice cream.
Brassy Hagmiggy on June 16th, 2005 10:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the Jobs link. That was a good read.

At my commencement, we had some... judge or politician or public figure of some sort give the speech. It was intensely boring, devoid of anything to take out of it, and just a waste of all our time. In the commencement ceremony for this year's class, Teresa Heinz-Kerry gave the address. I CALL FOUL.
Anna S.: sam-carter-capeliade on June 16th, 2005 11:01 pm (UTC)
In the commencement ceremony for this year's class, Teresa Heinz-Kerry gave the address. I CALL FOUL.

Bummer. We're always born at the wrong time, though.
lost2mercy: bex's comiclost2mercy on June 16th, 2005 10:39 pm (UTC)
Wow. I wish I'd be strong enough to live like that...
Anna S.: rodney-mckayeliade on June 16th, 2005 11:01 pm (UTC)
It's hard. I want to live like that too.
daddy's not done talkingros_fod on June 16th, 2005 10:43 pm (UTC)
The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything.

Anna S.: rodney-mckayeliade on June 16th, 2005 10:45 pm (UTC)
I have loved the whole "beginner's mind" idea for a long time. :)
daddy's not done talkingros_fod on June 17th, 2005 12:22 am (UTC)
Also, I clicked on that link to the J/V section of your memories, *just in case* I'd maybe, maybe, possibly missed something.

I got it bad.
sef1029 on June 16th, 2005 10:58 pm (UTC)
I like the message, but...when you know the guy is a jerk who treats other people extremely badly, the philosophizing all just falls away.

He is great at marketing ideas. Boo-yah.

(I know this about Jobs from my contacts at Apple, but there's plenty of independent documentation out there.)
Anna S.: weseliade on June 16th, 2005 11:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah--it probably helps that I know very little about him. I mean, if I knew that Hitler had said those words, I probably would look at them a bit more skeptically. Hehhyeahhh.
"Smokin' hot.": boys mickeymwithout_me on June 16th, 2005 11:05 pm (UTC)
Following your heart is a hell of a lot easier when you're already a millionaire. I'm just sayin'.
Anna S.: kandinskyeliade on June 16th, 2005 11:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I admit that I thought that too. Though...cancer. I cut the guy a bit of a break.
"Smokin' hot.": boys theseashorewithout_me on June 16th, 2005 11:09 pm (UTC)
Well, no, it doesn't fix everything. But it makes getting through just about anything that can be gotten through, easier.
"Smokin' hot.": Jessie Dope!without_me on June 16th, 2005 11:10 pm (UTC)
Er... "It" being money. Not cancer. Sheesh.
gianna24gianna24 on June 17th, 2005 12:09 am (UTC)
Yes, but the real question is what do you want to do? That's my problem at least. All I know is I don't like what I'm doing right now. If I knew what I'd enjoy, I'd do it.
black_bird_777black_bird_777 on June 17th, 2005 05:05 am (UTC)
Thanks for the Jobs quotations. Yes, it's easier to make changes when you're a millionaire, but for the rest of us, reminding outselves what's important every day can remind us to appreciate what we have and what we love.
dressgirl on June 17th, 2005 05:09 am (UTC)
I just watched Apple's Keynote 2005 and I have to say, Steve Jobs isn't half as bipolar as he used to be in the old footage. Things are going well for Apple and, well, it's easier to have perspective when things are going well. But my god what a terror he was when things weren't so great.

See, that's what I want to learn. How to deal/keep the internal peace when things are not so great. I wonder if it's something you have to learn as a youngin'.

I try to remember my mortality. Enough has happened to remind me of it over and over again, how lucky I am to be alive, how in pain I am over a friend who didn't get the chance, even though she had a spectacular future ahead of her. As Morrie Schwartz said, Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.

Good luck to us.