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Bill Murray

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Posted on 2013.03.14 at 00:00
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Cling not to being right
Nor cling to being wrong
Revisit conclusions often
Even those considered foregone

Challenge base assumptions
Knowledge shall be yearned
Behave in all manner of appropriate
Reconstruct lessons learned

Piece together logical constructs
For an accurate representative view
Question the source of held beliefs
Approach conflicting data anew

Refrain from articulating opinion as fact
Eschew all forms of subjectivity
Get everything you've ever wanted
When decisions are based on objectivity

Look deep into yourself
(It might be scary at first)
Question why you do what you do
And quite suddenly, for far more you'll thirst!

Tally and keep those which work repeatably
Acknowledge and dismiss those at which you fail
Its easy to see patterns emerge when you're looking
Comprehend why decisions have gone to hell

If something bad happens over and over and over
Quite possibly the problem is you
If things are always fantastic
There's nothing left to do!

You're suddenly ready to be challenged
A slew of hardship assaults
Deftly conquer them one by one
Dancing to a waltz

You've kept your cool and built your character
People take notice from afar
You're no longer that helpless complainer
You know you know who you are!

It really is this easy
And if you don't agree
Don't take my word for it,
Just try yourself and see!

If you fail, try again
Eventually you'll succeed
Only those who's attitudes are wrong
Is failure ever guaranteed



slchurchman at 2013-03-14 12:29 (UTC) (Link)
I really like this poem. Life is for learning. Failure is not a negative thing, but an opportunity to learn more. Unfortunately, we, as individuals, and as a society, often look at failure as BAD. This is quite the opposite. This is where learning is truly meaningful. Where would all our wonderful scientific break-throughs be if scientists stopped because a hypothesis didn't work out the first time it was tested?
ehowton at 2013-03-18 03:29 (UTC) (Link)
That's how we get food-service personnel. Where would we be without those?
pcofwildthings at 2013-03-14 14:11 (UTC) (Link)
Wow. And there you have it! Nicely put.
ehowton at 2013-03-18 03:29 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you ma'am.
codekitten at 2013-03-17 12:25 (UTC) (Link)
well said! great poem E :)

i think you might like the two TED talks from Brene Brown. one of the things she said was that the thing all the TED speakers have in common is that they all have failed. not rocket science but good to keep in mind.

ehowton at 2013-03-18 03:28 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks - I love watching recommended TED talks :)
codekitten at 2013-03-19 00:41 (UTC) (Link)
me too!
ehowton at 2013-03-19 00:45 (UTC) (Link)
So, I just started following Nilofer Merchant on Twitter after discovering her on LinkedIn, and she blogs about all the same stuff I do, only, with a huge audience and accolades to back up everything she says. Anyway, this is the one from her most recent blog, and I have to tell you - I never thought of charity in this way. It gives me a profound yearning to change the world:


(link to the TEDtalk on her page)

michelle1963 at 2013-03-19 00:30 (UTC) (Link)
I love Ted Talks! The problem is, I start out searching for one thing and find something else just as good! Oh darn! :D

Seriously, thanks for the link. :)
codekitten at 2013-03-19 00:41 (UTC) (Link)
these two are fantastic. she talks about vulnerability, shame and guilt. topics that she's studied and gathered information on for years.

i think it would be right up your alley!
michelle1963 at 2013-03-19 00:32 (UTC) (Link)
Very well put! I so wish people would not be so afraid.
ehowton at 2013-03-19 00:41 (UTC) (Link)
I don't mind afraid. I'm often afraid. Its the debilitating inaction and or self-delusions which results from it. More a...lack of courage I suppose.
michelle1963 at 2013-03-19 00:44 (UTC) (Link)
Good point! It's not the fear itself that is the problem. It's how one reacts to it.

When I was about 15 or 16, I ran across something that has stuck with me my entire life. It was the supposition that it's not that heroes are unafraid; it's that they do it anyway.
ehowton at 2013-03-19 00:47 (UTC) (Link)
Its like I told my mother today, "What's the alternative? Not doing something?"

codekitten at 2013-03-19 00:49 (UTC) (Link)
that's what i tell A*. being brave (which we are discussing after watching the movie Brave) doesn't mean you aren't scared. it's pushing through the fear and doing it anyway.

side note: i tell her she is my brave girl and can do most anything she puts her mind to. she says back to me, "i can't do everything" and i say, "oh yeah, like what?". she says, "i can't fight bears."

touche. :D

Edited at 2013-03-19 12:50 am (UTC)
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