Change Comes In Many Forms…

…and all the time. Sometimes it is good and sometimes it is bad. The lesson I am currently learning is that when things happen I should take note and see how I can grow from it. How can this make me more aware, better, smarter, more understanding.
A friend of mine lost her fight against cancer this weekend. She was a bright light in a grimy city. She had a positive energy that rubbed off on everyone and I learned a lot from her. Even now I am learning from her. I’m learning not to take things for granted. To look to the further but not lose sight of now. To take the time to appreciate my surroundings no matter where I am. I’m learning to find the amazing in everything. I hope you can find this too.

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October 12, 2011. Tags: , , . admiration, Advice. Leave a comment.

“You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.”

Every website, newspaper, water cooler conversation, and TV channel is talking about the death of Steve Jobs. Why lend my voice to the hum of sadness all over the world? Because it matters. Truthfully, before yesterday I hadn’t really known a whole lot about Steve Jobs. I knew he was an innovator, a creator, an entrepreneur, a guy I sometimes cursed at when my iPhone froze. What did I didn’t know was how insightful he was. How truly in touch he was to the human world. He wasn’t just another nerdy computer guy. He was smart, thoughtful, and touching. I’m a bit embarrassed to say that I had never watched his Stanford Commencement Address before. I didn’t see this side of him. I truthfully didn’t see him. So after watching it. I read it. It resonates so much with everything I’ve been thinking. He is truly one of the greatest teachers we will ever know. Here is the link to the Address he delivered. I hope it touches you like it did me. Below is an excerpt that rang especially true. You will be missed Steve Jobs.

“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.”

October 6, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , . admiration, Advice. 3 comments.

Mitch the Cat

So I didn’t have a very nice cat. In fact growing up my friends and my siblings friends would give Mr. Mitch a very wide berth when walking through the living room. He was happiest when attacking someone and drawing blood was the icing on the cake. He just wasn’t very nice. But I loved him. And he died today.
After 18 years of running with my knees high to avoid his claws catching hold of my bare skin, I will honestly miss him and his pissy little face.
Once time, my mom and I were watching the academy awards together. You know the one where Shakespeare in Love won a bazillion awards? So my mom is laying across the couch and Mitch is sitting on the head rest part above her head. During a commercial break my mom turns to Mitch and says, “For an a**hole you really are a handsome cat.”
Mitch then slapped my mom across the face with his paw. No claws out. I think that added more insult…
This is the animal my family adopted from the SPCA because they were going to put down. This is the cat who recently let me get very close, pet him, and tell him how much I love him. I’ll miss forever. Tonight, I will make a toast to my cantankerous cat. The Walter Matthau of cats. Cheers.

May 6, 2011. Tags: , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.